Dominic McIver Lopes, Out of Sight, Out of Mind, in Imagination, Philosophy, and the Arts, ed. Matthew Kieran and Dominic McIver Lopes (London: Routledge, 2003)
In recent philosophy, imagination is taken to be a propositional attitude, specifically the attitude properly taken towards fictional propositions. Imagining is imagining that p. Some have argued that even our understanding of what pictures represent lies in our imagining fictions. But this view of imagination goes too far in deprecating the sensory imagination: such phenomena as visualizing a familiar face and 'hearing' a piece of music in one's head cannot be adequately understood if we take imagination to be a propositional attitude. We therefore need an account of sensory imagining alongside accounts of purely propositional imagining. I argue that sensory imagining involves experiential states of the kind involved in perceiving. These states contribute to the proper appreciation of works of art.