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Knowledge by Imagination - How Imaginative Experiences Can Ground Factual Knowledge

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2016
Author Dorsch Fabian,
Project The Normative Mind
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Teorema
Volume (Issue) XXXV
Page(s) 87 - 116
Title of proceedings Teorema

Abstract

In this article, I defend the view that we can acquire factual knowledge – that is, contingent propositional knowledge about certain (perceivable) aspects of reality – on the basis of imaginative experience. More specifically, I argue that, under suitable circumstances, imaginative experiences can rationally determine the propositional content of knowledge-constituting beliefs – though not their attitude of belief – in roughly the same way as perceptual experiences do in the case of perceptual knowledge. I also highlight some philosophical consequences of this conclusion, especially for the issue of whether imagination can help us to learn something from fictions.
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