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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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Ontology and Imagination

Ontology and Imagination

Peirce on Necessity and Agency

(p.120) Six Ontology and Imagination
Thinking Through the Imagination

John Kaag

Fordham University Press

In this chapter, Kaag outlines the metaphysical implications of his analysis of the imagination. If the imagination is continuous with nature (both in the sense of evolution and embodied mind) then what does this suggest about the natural world at large? What sort of ontological assumptions must be operative in order for human creativity to emerge it physical grounding? This chapter explores Peirce's metaphysics, particularly his development of tychism and synechism. Peirce's critique of determinism and necessity is in line with the early analysis of abduction. Kaag pays special attention to Peirce's rendering of law, habit, generality, and complexity.

Keywords:   Tychism, Pragmatism, Synechism, Determinism, Evolution, metaphysics

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