The Problem of Imaginative Resistance: An Overview

TitleThe Problem of Imaginative Resistance: An Overview
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of PublicationIn Press
AuthorsLiao S., Gendler T.S.
JournalThe Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Literature

The problem of imaginative resistance holds interest for aestheticians, literary theorists, ethicists, philosophers of mind, and epistemologists. We present a somewhat opinionated overview of the philosophical discussion to date. We begin by introducing the phenomenon of imaginative resistance. We then review existing responses to the problem, giving special attention to recent research directions. Finally, we consider the philosophical significance that imaginative resistance has—or, at least, is alleged to have—for issues in moral psychology, theories of cognitive architecture, and modal epistemology.