Imagination

ISBN-10: 0415776198

ISBN-13: 9780415776196

Edition: 2012

Authors: Jean-Paul Sartre

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#xE2;#xAC;SNo matter how long I may look at an image, I shall never find anything in it but what I put there. It is in this fact that we find the distinction between an image and a perception#xE2;#xAC;. L#xE2;#xAC;"Imaginationwas published in 1936 when Jean-Paul Sartre was thirty years old. Long out of print, this is the first English translation in many years. The Imagination is Sartre#xE2;#xAC;"s first full philosophical work, presenting some of the basic arguments concerning phenomenology, consciousness and intentionality that were to later appear in his master works and be so influential in the course of Twentieth century philosophy. Sartre begins by criticising philosophical theories of the imagination, particularly those of Descartes, Leibniz and Hume, before establishing his central arguments about the imagination: it does not involve the perception of #xE2;#xAC;#xDC;mental images#xE2;#xAC;" in any literal sense yet reveals some of the fundamental capacities of consciousness. He then reviews psychological theories of the imagination, including a fascinating discussion of the work of Henri Bergson. Sartre argues that the #xE2;#xAC;#xDC;classical conception#xE2;#xAC;" is fundamentally flawed because it begins by conceiving of the imagination as being like perception and then seeks, in vain, to re-establish the difference between the two. Sartre concludes with an important chapter on Husserl#xE2;#xAC;"s theory of the imagination which, despite its sharing the flaws of earlier approaches, signals a new phenomenological way forward in understanding the imagination. The Imaginationis essential reading for anyone interested in the philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre, phenomenology, and the history of Twentieth century philosophy.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 7/13/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Sartre is the dominant figure in post-war French intellectual life. A graduate of the prestigious Ecole Normale Superieure with an agregation in philosophy, Sartre has been a major figure on the literary and philosophical scenes since the late 1930s. Widely known as an atheistic proponent of existentialism, he emphasized the priority of existence over preconceived essences and the importance of human freedom. In his first and best novel, Nausea (1938), Sartre contrasted the fluidity of human consciousness with the apparent solidity of external reality and satirized the hypocrisies and pretensions of bourgeois idealism. Sartre's theater is also highly ideological, emphasizing the importance of personal freedom and the commitment of the individual to social and political goals. His first play, The Flies (1943), was produced during the German occupation, despite its underlying message of defiance. One of his most popular plays is the one-act No Exit (1944), in which the traditional theological concept of hell is redefined in existentialist terms. In Red Gloves (Les Mains Sales) (1948), Sartre examines the pragmatic implications of the individual involved in political action through the mechanism of the Communist party and a changing historical situation. His highly readable autobiography, The Words (1964), tells of his childhood in an idealistic bourgeois Protestant family and of his subsequent rejection of his upbringing. Sartre has also made significant contributions to literary criticism in his 10-volume Situations (1947--72) and in works on Baudelaire, Genet, and Flaubert.

Acknowledgements
Translators' Introduction
The Imagination, Jean Paul Sartre
Introduction
The great metaphysical systems
The problem of the image and the effort of psychologists to find a positive method
The contradictions of the classical conception
Husserl
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Review of L'imagination, Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1936)
Index
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