Real objects in fictional situations: an argument for i-desires as indispensable states


  • Yuchen Guo Université Paris


I-desire. Desire-like imagining. Imagination. Fiction. Pretense.


In order to account for our engagements with fiction, several philosophers have recently introduced a class of novel mental states which they have designated as ‘i-desires’ or ‘desire-like imaginings’. Others argue against this claim by denying the existence of i-desire. In this article, I argue that genuine desires fail to make sense of our attitudes towards real objects in fictional situations, and that i-desire is psychologically indispensable in explaining our attitudes in such cases.


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Yuchen Guo, Université Paris

Université Paris Sorbonne UFR Sciences Humaines Philosophie.


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GUO, Y. Real objects in fictional situations: an argument for i-desires as indispensable states. Manuscrito: Revista Internacional de Filosofia, Campinas, SP, v. 41, n. 2, p. 29–53, 2018. Disponível em: Acesso em: 30 jan. 2023.