Living Forms of the Imagination

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"This book is essential reading for those interested in the imagination, epistemology, naturalism, and the philosophy of religion." — Charles Taliaferro, Professor of Philosophy, St. Olaf College, Minnesota

The role of imagination in psychology, ethics and aesthetics provides a good analogy for thinking about the imagination in religious belief. in dealing with the inner lives of other human beings, moral values or aesthetic qualities we need to employ the imagination: to ...

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Overview

"This book is essential reading for those interested in the imagination, epistemology, naturalism, and the philosophy of religion." — Charles Taliaferro, Professor of Philosophy, St. Olaf College, Minnesota

The role of imagination in psychology, ethics and aesthetics provides a good analogy for thinking about the imagination in religious belief. in dealing with the inner lives of other human beings, moral values or aesthetic qualities we need to employ the imagination: to suppose, form hypotheses, empathize or imaginatively engage with alien people or worlds in order to understand. Just as we use the imagination to relate to other minds, appreciate beauty and understand goodness, we need imagination to engage with God's action in the world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780567032959
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Douglas Hedley is Reader in Hermeneutics and Metaphysics and Fellow of Clare College, University of Cambridge, UK. A past President of the European Society for the Philosophy of Religion, he has been visiting Professor at the Sorbonne and holder of the Alan Richardson lectureship at Durham University. He delivered the Teape Lectures in India in 2007. His former publications include Coleridge, Philosophy and Religion (Cambridge University Press).
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements     vii
Prologue     1
Religion, Romanticism and Imagining Modernity     9
The Creative Imagination     39
The Experience of God: Poetry, Enchantment and the Mood of Ecstatic Imagination     79
Religion: Fantasy or Legitimate Longing?     115
The Problem of Metaphysics     143
Myths, Dreams and Other Stories     173
Inspired Images, Angels and the Imaginal World     211
Social Imaginary     245
Epilogue     277
Bibliography     279
Index of Subjects     297
Index of Names     303

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