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Thinking Through the Imagination: Aesthetics in Human Cognition

John Kaag


In this book, John Kaag explores the following questions: What is the imagination? And where does the imagination come from? In order to answer these questions, Kaag explains the way that the concept of the imagination has been articulated in the history of Western philosophy, concentrating on its development in 18th century German idealism (primarily in the writings of Kant and Schiller) and in 19th century American pragmatism (embodied in the writings of C.S. Peirce). Kaag's historical approach to the imagination reveals important affinities between German idealism and the philosophy of C.S. ... More

Keywords: Imagination, Creativity, Genius, Embodiment, Aesthetics, cognitive neuroscience, idealism, Kant, Schiller, Peirce, Pragmatism, Emergence, complexity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780823254934
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823254934.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Kaag, author
University of Massachusetts, Lowell