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Thinking Through the ImaginationAesthetics in Human Cognition$
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John Kaag

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823254934

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823254934.001.0001

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The Cultivation of the Imagination

The Cultivation of the Imagination

(p.1) One The Cultivation of the Imagination
Thinking Through the Imagination

John Kaag

Fordham University Press

This introductory chapter addresses the difficulty of defining the imagination, a difficulty that turns on the difference between empirical or objective accounts of the imagination and phenomenological approaches to the subject. Kaag maintains that a meaningful account of the imagination would have to take both of these philosophical methodologies seriously. Kaag briefly addresses previous accounts of the imagination, both ancient (those put forward by Plato and Aristotle) and modern (those developed by Sartre, Shusterman and Warnock). Kaag, following John Dewey's argument in Art as Experience, addresses the relative neglect of the imagination in contemporary discussions of epistemology and metaphysics and suggests that this neglect reflects a culture that tends to overlook the importance and perplexing nature of human creativity.

Keywords:   Creativity, Imagination, Phenomenology, Plato, Aristotle, Dewey, Warnock, Shusterman, Sartre

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