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The problem of satisfaction conditions and the dispensability of i-desire

Salis, Fiora (2016) The problem of satisfaction conditions and the dispensability of i-desire. Erkenntnis, 81 (1). pp. 105-118. ISSN 0165-0106

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s10670-015-9731-4


The problem of satisfaction conditions arises from the apparent difficulties of explaining the nature of the mental states involved in our emotional responses to tragic fictions. Greg Currie has recently proposed to solve the problem by arguing for the recognition of a class of imaginative counterparts of desires—what he and others call i-desires. In this paper I will articulate and rebut Currie’s argument in favour of i-desires and I will put forward a new solution in terms of genuine desires. To this aim I will show that the same sort of puzzling phenomenon involved in our responses to tragic fictions arises also in a non-fictional case, and I will offer a solution to the problem of satisfaction conditions that dispenses with i-desires. The key to the explanation is in the notion of condition-dependent desires triggered by fictions.

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Additional Information: © 2015 Springer Science+Business Media
Divisions: CPNSS
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BD Speculative Philosophy
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2016 15:52
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 02:20

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