Madeleine Ransom

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The Puzzle of Imaginative Resistance
Faculty of Arts
Dominic McIver Lopes
Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

I enjoy the process of immersing myself completely in a subject and spending lots of time in my head.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

UBC has a great Philosophy department and Vancouver is a great place to live.

What do you hope to accomplish with your research?

I hope that my research will help illuminate the nature of the connection between the imagination, fiction and belief. In my PhD, this is what I want to focus on. Fictions have an effect on what we believe and the way we act. People may change their stance on gay marriage as a result of watching the television sitcom Will and Grace, or change their views on nuclear disarmament after reading a post-apocalyptic novel. How exactly does fiction influence belief? Should it?

What are your future career goals?

I hope to get a job teaching philosophy and continue publishing in my field.

What has been your most memorable Vancouver experience so far?

Hiking in Garibaldi Provincial Park.

Personal Interests / Hobbies

I am a former graffiti artist and I still paint (on canvas) when I have any spare time. I also love reading good fiction. In fact, I can't sleep without reading first.


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