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Hegel's Theory of Imagination
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Filling an important gap in post-Kantian philosophy, Hegel’s Theory of Imagination focuses on the role of the imagination, and resolves the question of its apparent absence in Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit. Jennifer Ann Bates discusses Hegel’s theory of the imagination through the early and late Philosophy of Spirit lectures, and reveals that a dialectic between the two sides of the imagination (the “night” of inwardizing consciousness and the “light” of externalizing material) is essential to thought and community. The complexity and depth of Hegel’s insights make this book essential reading for anyone seriously interested in understanding how central the imagination is to our every thought.

Table of Contents

  1. cover
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  1. fm
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xix
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xxi
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  1. INTRODUCTION: Why Study the Imagination? A Brief History from Kant to Hegel
  2. pp. xxiii-xxxix
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  1. Key German Terms and their Translation as “Imagination” and Related Words
  2. pp. xli-xlii
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xliii-xlv
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  1. PART ONE: Imagination in Theory: “Subjective Authentication”
  2. p. 1
  1. CHAPTER 1 The Sundering Imagination of the Absolute (Hegel’s Earliest Works)
  2. pp. 3-18
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  1. CHAPTER 2 Dialectical Beginnings (Fragment 17 of Geistesphilosophie 1803–04)
  2. pp. 19-34
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  1. CHAPTER 3 The Dialectical Imagination (Geistesphilosophie 1803–04)
  2. pp. 35-54
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  1. CHAPTER 4 The Inwardizing Imagination (Geistesphilosophie 1805–06)
  2. pp. 55-80
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  1. CHAPTER 5 The Communicative Imagination (Philosophy of Subjective Spirit 1830)
  2. pp. 81-100
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  1. PART TWO Imagination in Practice: “Objective Authentication”
  2. p. 101
  1. CHAPTER 6 Memory, the Artist’s Einbildungskraft, Phantasie, and Aesthetic Vorstellungen (Lectures on Aesthetics)
  2. pp. 103-136
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  1. CHAPTER 7 Imagination and the Medium of Thought (Phenomenology of Spirit “Preface”)
  2. pp. 137-154
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 155-184
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 185-192
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 193-202
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