Agency Imagination: Interdisciplinary Well-Being Workshop

In this presentation, I argue that there are two distinctive uses of the imagination in agency. Imaginative Anticipation is concerned with forecasting and mentally rehearsing what lies ahead. Imagination Tests are employed to mentally represent scenarios relevant to decision making; we test whether we like or dislike given scenarios. I argue that one can be better/worse at Imaginative Anticipation and Imagination Tests, analogous to how traditionally philosophers hold that one can be better/worse at deliberation and the weighing of reasons. The presentation is my contribution to the Midpoint Conference of the Happiness & Well-Being Project, sponsored by St Louis University and the John Templeton Foundation. It is part of my larger project on Imagination and Agency. Throughout the presentation, I work with images by Jens Haas.