Our imaginations enable us to think about and explore possibilities; things that are not but could be the case. Our imaginations strongly influence our actions and behaviour. They not only drive dreaming and delusion, they also lie at heart of our scientific and artistic endeavours. Our capacity to imagine is bound up with our creativity and in crucial ways with our capacities to perceive, remember and understand. Emotions, too, pervade what we do – colouring how we perceive and respond to others and the world. In this subject we will examine the best theories of imagination and emotion, asking how the imaginative and emotive attitudes are alike and unlike other mental attitudes; what special properties they have; and what vital roles they play in our lives and thinking.
Imagination and Emotion will be offered in 2018.