The Imaginary: A Phenomenological Psychology of the Imagination / Edition 1

The Imaginary: A Phenomenological Psychology of the Imagination / Edition 1

by Jean-Paul Sartre
     
 

ISBN-10: 041556784X

ISBN-13: 9780415567848

Pub. Date: 05/12/2010

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

A cornerstone of Sartre's philosophy, The Imaginary was first published in 1940. Sartre had become acquainted with the philosophy of Edmund Husserl in Berlin and was fascinated by his idea of the 'intentionality of consciousness' as a key to the puzzle of existence. Against this background, The Imaginary crystallized Sartre's worldview and

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A cornerstone of Sartre's philosophy, The Imaginary was first published in 1940. Sartre had become acquainted with the philosophy of Edmund Husserl in Berlin and was fascinated by his idea of the 'intentionality of consciousness' as a key to the puzzle of existence. Against this background, The Imaginary crystallized Sartre's worldview and artistic vision. The book is an extended examination of the concepts of nothingness and freedom, both of which are derived from the ability of consciousness to imagine objects both as they are and as they are not - ideas that would drive Sartre's existentialism and entire theory of human freedom.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415567848
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/12/2010
Series:
Routledge Classics Series
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,269,732
Product dimensions:
0.55(w) x 0.85(h) x 1.80(d)

Table of Contents

Historical introduction
Pt. IThe certain1
1Description4
The method4
First characteristic : the image is a consciousness5
Second characteristic : the phenomenon of quasi-observation8
Third characteristic : the imaging consciousness posits its object as a nothingness11
Fourth characteristic : spontaneity14
2The image family17
Image, portrait, caricature17
Sign and portrait21
From sign to image : consciousness of imitations25
From sign to image : schematic drawings29
Faces in the fire, spots on walls, rocks in human form35
Hypnagogic images, scenes and persons seen in coffee grounds, in a crystal ball37
From portrait to mental image50
Mental image52
Pt. IIThe probable55
Knowledge57
Affectivity57
Movements68
The role of the word in the mental image83
The mode of appearance of a thing in the mental image85
Pt. IIIThe role of the image in psychic life95
The symbol97
Symbolic schemas and illustrations of thought107
Image and thought112
Image and perception120
Pt. IVThe imaginary life123
The Irreal object125
Conduct in the face of the Irreal136
Pathology of the imagination148
The dream159
Conclusion177
Notes195
Index204

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