Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

The imagery debate: Déjà-vu all over again?

Peter P. Slezak a1
a1 Program in Cognitive Science, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia


The imagery debate re-enacts controversies persisting since Descartes. The controversy remains important less for what we can learn about visual imagery than about cognitive science itself. In the tradition of Arnauld, Reid, Bartlett, Austin and Ryle, Pylyshyn's critique exposes notorious mistakes being unwittingly rehearsed not only regarding imagery but also in several independent domains of research in modern cognitive science.