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Imaginative Resistance

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[New Entry by Emine Hande Tuna on April 13, 2020.] The phenomenon of "imaginative resistance" refers to psychological difficulties otherwise competent imaginers experience when engaging in particular imaginative activities prompted by works of fiction. Usually, we seem to have no trouble engaging with time-travel or space-exploration stories, superhero movies, or talking non-human animal fables. At other times, we do not seem to be able to play along that easily; for instance, when we are presented with an alternative Macbeth where...

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News source: Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

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