Thinking Through the Imagination
Aesthetics in Human Cognition
Publication Year: 2014
Published by: Fordham University Press
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Like most people, I became acquainted with the imagination at a rather early age. In my case, the meeting took place as a child in my mother’s backyard garden. My mother ensured that my contact with the imagination would not be a passing acquaintance. She taught her children to acknowledge and actualize the possibilities that life affords even,...
One The Cultivation of the Imagination
For the two children, the season began as a wild dash—a race against the length of summer days.1 But by mid-August, the days proved too long and hot for their short attention spans. The unconstrained freedom of vacation exhausted itself or, more accurately and more ironically, exposed...
Two Enlightening Thought: Kant and the Imagination
The imagination is notoriously difficult to define.1 Indeed, this difficulty may explain the fact that prior to the Enlightenment there was no attempt to develop a unified theory of the imagination. In the history of ancient Greek philosophy, its amorphous character contributed to...
Three C. S. Peirce and the Growth of the Imagination
The seeds of the aesthetic are buried deep in the work of Charles Sanders Peirce. The sprouts were, therefore, rather slow to show themselves. However, the concept of the imagination as framed by Kant and other German Enlightenment thinkers does emerge in the ground...
Four Abduction: Inference and Instinct
Why were so many of Peirce’s college days spent— some might say wasted— on the topic of genius? A look through his unpublished papers points to an obsession with the work and lives of those “great men” of extraordinary mental powers— from Michelangelo, to Mozart, to Edgar Allan Poe. Like his contemporary Josiah Royce, Peirce...
Five Imagining Nature
Why were so many of Peirce’s college days spent— some might say wasted— on the topic of genius? A look through his unpublished papers points to an obsession with the work and lives of those “great men” of extraordinary mental powers— from Michelangelo, to...
Six Ontology and Imagination: Peirce on Necessity and Agency
During the 1880s, Peirce employed the triadic nature of thought to ground his budding cosmology. As Karl- Otto Apel suggests, it was during this time (particularly in 1885) that Peirce developed a “metaphysics of evolution.”1 Peirce’s attempt to expose a continuous relation among...
Seven The Evolution of the Imagination
As we turn our attention to the explanations of the imagination furnished by the contemporary empirical sciences, it is wise to remember the Sphinx.1 When Peirce wrote “A Guess at the Riddle,” he asked that a small vignette of the Sphinx be placed under the title. But...
Eight Emergence, Complexity,and Creativity
To say that the brain is functionally multimodal begins to point to the organic basis of metaphoric thought.1 More generally, it points to the way in which affect and bodily sense provide the ground for complex human understanding. As Kant and Peirce both recognize, the mediation...
Nine Be Imaginative! Suggestion and Imperative
At the end of an afternoon of gardening, one looks back, if only for a moment, to survey the ground that one has covered and worked through. It seems fitting, therefore, to take account of the moves made in this book. I have argued that the imagination plays a central role in the...
Page Count: 272
Publication Year: 2014
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