The Imaginary: A Phenomenological Psychology of the Imagination

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Overview

First published in 1940, Sartre's The Imaginary is a cornerstone of his philosophy. 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. Here he presented the first 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. These ideas would drive Sartre's existentialism and his entire theory of human freedom, laying the foundation for his masterwork Being and Nothingness three years later. This new translation by Jonathan Webber rectifies flaws in the terminology of the first translation and recaptures the essence of Sartre's phenomenology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415287548
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-80). The foremost French thinker and writer of the early post-war years. His books have exerted enormous influence in philosophy, literature, art and politics.

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Table of Contents

Historical introduction
Pt. I The certain 1
1 Description 4
The method 4
First characteristic : the image is a consciousness 5
Second characteristic : the phenomenon of quasi-observation 8
Third characteristic : the imaging consciousness posits its object as a nothingness 11
Fourth characteristic : spontaneity 14
2 The image family 17
Image, portrait, caricature 17
Sign and portrait 21
From sign to image : consciousness of imitations 25
From sign to image : schematic drawings 29
Faces in the fire, spots on walls, rocks in human form 35
Hypnagogic images, scenes and persons seen in coffee grounds, in a crystal ball 37
From portrait to mental image 50
Mental image 52
Pt. II The probable 55
Knowledge 57
Affectivity 57
Movements 68
The role of the word in the mental image 83
The mode of appearance of a thing in the mental image 85
Pt. III The role of the image in psychic life 95
The symbol 97
Symbolic schemas and illustrations of thought 107
Image and thought 112
Image and perception 120
Pt. IV The imaginary life 123
The Irreal object 125
Conduct in the face of the Irreal 136
Pathology of the imagination 148
The dream 159
Conclusion 177
Notes 195
Index 204
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