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Thu, 06 Jun


Senate House, London WC1B, UK

Jo Ahlberg (Hertfordshire) The Propositional Aspect of Sensory Imagination

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06 Jun 2019, 16:00 – 17:00

Senate House, London WC1B, UK


The central claim in this paper is that visual mental images are propositionally contentful. By getting a handle on the metaphysics of propositionalism, and separating propositionality from representation, I demonstrate that propositions are versatile enough to use a variety of representational forms. An important upshot of my thesis is that if visual mental images have propositional content, then the idea that so-called sensory imagination – imagination which features the attitude of imagination with a visual mental image as its content – is a purely phenomenal mental state without propositional content, is false. The sensory/propositional imagination distinction is thus undermined.

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