Hegel's Theory of Imagination: Theory, Study, and Practice

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SUNY Press, Oct 27, 2004 - Philosophy - 202 pages
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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.
  

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Contents

Preface
ix
Introduction
xxiii
Schematic Breakdown of the Imagination
xxxix
Dialectical Beginnings
19
The Dialectical Imagination
35
The Inwardizing Imagination
55
The Communicative Imagination
81
PART
101
PART THREE
135
Notes
155
Bibliography
185
Index
193
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Jennifer Ann Bates is Visiting Scholar of Philosophy at the University of Guelph and at the Centre for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto.

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