Evaluative Beliefs in a Thought Theoretical Framework? A Proposal For Non-positing Epistemic States

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Title:Evaluative Beliefs in a Thought Theoretical Framework? A Proposal For Non-positing Epistemic States
Creators:
Neuber, Simone; simone dot neuber at uni-heidelberg dot de; University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
Journal or Publication Title:
Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics, 52, 1, pp. 23-38
Uncontrolled Keywords:paradox of fiction, fictional emotions, Husserl E., fiction

Abstract

Thought Theory (TT) seems to provide an answer to the paradox of fiction (PoF) which has the ontological merits of current pretence accounts without, however, assuming mere pretence emotions. This article will question whether present formulations of TT live up to what they promise. Whenever its current versions try to include evaluative beliefs in a TT framework in order to comply with a cognitivist account of emotions, they either stop being a genuine thought theory or endorse the irrationalism of fictional emotions. This unfortunate outcome can be prevented by shifting the focus to thoughts, and specifically to the genetic dynamics of how we come to think of the objects in question. This is at least what we can learn from Edmund Husserl, who developed a still underestimated account according to which it is possible to have the belief that x merits evaluation as appearing emotion-worthy without this belief implying that x merits being believed to exist.

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Title:Evaluative Beliefs in a Thought Theoretical Framework? A Proposal For Non-positing Epistemic States
Creators:
Neuber, Simone; simone dot neuber at uni-heidelberg dot de; University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
Uncontrolled Keywords:paradox of fiction, fictional emotions, Husserl E., fiction
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
Divisions:Humanities and Social Sciences > 8. Section of Historical Sciences > Institute of Art History > Estetika (Aesthetics)
Journal or Publication Title:Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics
Volume:52
Number:1
Page Range:pp. 23-38
ISSN:0014-1291
Publisher:Institute of Art History Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
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ID Code:8417
Item Type:Article
Deposited On:21 May 2015 13:24
Last Modified:21 May 2015 11:24

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Neuber, Simone (2015) Evaluative Beliefs in a Thought Theoretical Framework? A Proposal For Non-positing Epistemic States. Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics, 52 (1). pp. 23-38. ISSN 0014-1291

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