Papers in progress
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Characterizing the imaginative attitude
Does sensory imagination involve a distinctive attitude—that is, one that isn't reducible to other attitudes? Plenty of recent work, principally Peter Langland-Hassan's, suggests it doesn't. I argue that it does.
An argument to the effect that, if we want the notion that governs the ethics of sex to promote good sex, we ought to stop talking about consent, and start talking about enthusiasm instead.
KNowing and understanding your privilege
It's sometimes supposed that it's impossible for people of privilege to understand the experiences of those less privileged. What does "understanding" mean here, and how might imagination help the privileged achieve it?
just my imagination running away with me?
There's a confusing set of thoughts and intuitions in the imagination literature concerning exactly how much control we have over what we imagine, and what we should say about cases where we fail to control it. This paper attempts to make sense of that confusion.
Trying to get to grips with the relation between imaginings (i-beliefs and the like) and imagination more widely considered.
natural beauty and human beauty
Philosophers of natural beauty have surprisingly little to say about human beauty, given that humans are natural beings. What should they say? What does the answer to that question tell us about views of natural beauty?
An attempt to reconcile the general intuition that imagination has something to do with literature with the fairly convincing recent arguments that the Waltonian approach to explaining that something doesn't work.