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The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Imagination

Edited by: Amy Kind

Print publication date:  January  2016
Online publication date:  January  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415739481
eBook ISBN: 9781315657905
Adobe ISBN: 9781317329459

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Imagination occupies a central place in philosophy, going back to Aristotle. However, following a period of relative neglect there has been an explosion of interest in imagination in the past two decades as philosophers examine the role of imagination in debates about the mind and cognition, aesthetics and ethics, as well as epistemology, science and mathematics.

This outstanding Handbook contains over thirty specially commissioned chapters by leading philosophers organised into six clear sections examining the most important aspects of the philosophy of imagination, including:

  • Imagination in historical context: Aristotle, Descartes, Hume, Kant, Husserl, and Sartre
  • What is imagination? The relation between imagination and mental imagery; imagination contrasted with perception, memory, and dreaming
  • Imagination in aesthetics: imagination and our engagement with music, art, and fiction; the problems of fictional emotions and ‘imaginative resistance’
  • Imagination in philosophy of mind and cognitive science: imagination and creativity, the self, action, child development, and animal cognition
  • Imagination in ethics and political philosophy, including the concept of 'moral imagination' and empathy
  • Imagination in epistemology and philosophy of science, including learning, thought experiments, scientific modelling, and mathematics.

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Imagination is essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy of mind and psychology, aesthetics, and ethics. It will also be a valuable resource for those in related disciplines such as psychology and art.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Aristotle on phantasia  Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Descartes Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Hume Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Kant’s theory of the imagination Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Husserl Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Sartre Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Imagination and mental imagery Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Imagination and belief Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Imagination and perception Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Imagination and memory Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Imagination, dreaming, and hallucination Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Desire-like imagination Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Art and imagination Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Music and imagination Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Imagination and fiction Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Fiction and emotion Download PDF
Chapter  18:  The cognitive architecture of imaginative resistance Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Imagination and creativity Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Simulation theory Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Imagination and the self Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Imagination and action Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Imagination and child development Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Imagination and pretense Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Can animals imagine? Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Imagination and rationality Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Moral imagination Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Empathy and the imagination Download PDF
Chapter  29:  The ethics of imagination and fantasy Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Imagination and the Capabilities Approach Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Imagination and learning Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Thought experiment and imagination Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Imagination and modal epistemology Download PDF
Chapter  34:  Imagination in scientific modeling Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Imagination in mathematics Download PDF
eBooks Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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