Aeon (2021)

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Stephen Asma
Columbia College Chicago
Abstract
Actor Paul Giamatti and philosopher Stephen Asma collaborate to describe the imagination (phantasia) as a form of embodied cognition. They explore the actor's ability to replicate embodied affective states and communicate those to audiences that are capable of catching (via emotional contagion) those affective states. The role of social affordances in imaginative work is explored. Finally, the role of imagination in political conspiracy thinking is considered.
Keywords imagination, philosophy of imagination, phantasia, affordances, embodied cognition, 4E, aristotle, creativity, acting, philosophy of art, aesthetics, stephen asma, paul giamatti, improvisation
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