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Szabó Gendler, T. (2010). Intuition, imagination, & philosophical methodology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.  
Last edited by: sirfragalot 18 Apr 2013 17:40:14 Europe/Copenhagen
      Re imaginative resistance: "The Impossibility Hypothesis traces the failure to a problem with the fictional world. It says essentially: we are unable to follow the author's lead because the world she has tried to make fictional is impossible. My alternative proposal traces it to a problem with our relations to the actual world. It says essentially: we are unwilling to follow the author's lead because in trying to make that world fictional, she is providing us with a way of looking at this world that we prefer to not to embrace."
      In my thesis, I wondered what it would be like to invent a world where the accepted rules of acoustics or the accepted relationship between cause and sonic effect did not hold sway. On p.190, SG suggests that it does not make sense to say 5 + 7 != 12 or 5 + 7 both is and is not equal to 12. This is her illustration of the Impossibility Hypothesis explanation for imaginative resistance.

Imaginative resistance has previously been described thus:
"a) The scenarios that evoke imaginative resistance are conceptually impossible.
b) The conceptual impossibility of these scenarios renders them unimaginable." (p.189) (SG disagrees with this.)

However, could it be a player would resist such a mirror-image acoustic world because he would not be able to make sense of it? It is conceptually impossible -- cf Embodied Cognition. Does our imaginative acceptance of what is being proposed in fiction/games depend on our ability to make sense of it as a sub-set or model of how we are in the world?

SG rephrases (pp.190-192) the 5 + 7 != 12 etc. claim in a detailed story at the end of which it is shown both that 5 + 7 = 12 and 5 + 7 != 12. It is momentarily so and due to context (p.191). "It is as a result of lots of local bits of conceptual coherence that the global incoherence is able to get a foothold." (p.192)

The story involves God decreeing 5 + 7 != 12. God, of course, is omnipotent but SG does not mention this. What part does faith (or at least understanding of faith) play in accepting the story? What if you are an atheist? Do you imaginatively resist the paradox, the concept of a god being incredible, or does one imaginatively accept because one knows and has some understanding of the concept of faith as sustained by others? A form of imaginative empathy (my turn of phrase).
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