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Selective and Panoramic Imagining, and Processing Stories

Emine Hande Tuna (University of California, Santa Cruz)

I build on the existing taxonomies of imagination by introducing a distinction between two modes of imagining, selective and panoramic, and applying them to propositional imagining. Then I use this distinction to analyze why in some cases when we process fictional stories the mental states of imagining that p and believing that in the story p come apart and in other cases they do not. I also have a hidden agenda: this analysis provides some evidence – not conclusive evidence but good enough evidence – for assuming that imagining and believing are on a continuum. 

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