Foundations of Science 25 (2):341-355 (2020)

Traditionally it is taken for granted that mental imagery is a mental representation of some kind or format. This yields that theory of MR can give an adequate and exhaustive explanation of MI. Such co-relation between the two is usually seen as unproblematic. But is it really so? This article aims at challenging the theoretical claim that the dominant ‘two-world’ account of MR can adequately explain MI. Contrary to the standard theory of MR, there are reasons to believe that: MI has different cognitive architecture, the relations between elements of MI are dynamic, relations between elements of MI are context-dependent. Consequently, it follows that dominant account of MR neglects important characteristics of MI and, thus, fails to give a comprehensive explanation of the latter. Alternatively, I will argue that a sign-theoretic approach, proposed by C. S. Peirce, can suggest a promising explanation of MI and fully account for the divergent empirical data on the matter.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/s10699-019-09613-8
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 69,979
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

A Sensorimotor Account of Vision and Visual Consciousness.J. Kevin O’Regan & Alva Noë - 2001 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 24 (5):883-917.
Mental Representation.David Pitt - 2020 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
How Models Are Used to Represent Reality.Ronald N. Giere - 2004 - Philosophy of Science 71 (5):742-752.
What Might Cognition Be, If Not Computation?Tim Van Gelder - 1995 - Journal of Philosophy 92 (7):345 - 381.

View all 44 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

The Systemic Concept of Contextual Truth.Andrzej Bielecki - 2021 - Foundations of Science 26 (4):807-824.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

An Adverbial Theory of Mental Imagery.Mark Paul Drost - 1990 - Dissertation, The University of Rochester
Review of Zenon Pylyshyn's Seeing and Visualizing: It's Not What You Think. [REVIEW]Catharine Abell - 2005 - PSYCHE: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Research On Consciousness 11.
Mental Imagery and the Computational View of the Mind.Alireza Nurbakhsh - 1988 - Dissertation, The University of Wisconsin - Madison
Imagery and Cognition.Mark Rollins - 1986 - Dissertation, Columbia University
Time Matters! Implications From Mentally Imaged Motor Actions.Markus Raab & Marc Boschker - 2002 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 25 (2):208-209.
The Two Faces of Mental Imagery.Margherita Arcangeli - 2020 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 101 (2):304-322.
Analog Mental Representation.Jacob Beck - forthcoming - WIREs Cognitive Science.
Representation and Mental Representation.Robert D. Rupert - 2018 - Philosophical Explorations 21 (2):204-225.
Look Again: Phenomenology and Mental Imagery. [REVIEW]Evan Thompson - 2007 - Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 6 (1-2):137-170.


Added to PP index

Total views
25 ( #455,346 of 2,504,849 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #417,030 of 2,504,849 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes