Rethinking Imagination: Culture and Creativity

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Gillian Robinson, John F. Rundell
Psychology Press, 1994 - Philosophy - 192 pages
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Pulling together a collection of richly informative essays Rethinking Imagination addresses competing sets of ideas, oscillating between the modern and post-modern, creativity and sublimity, progress and apocalypse, democracy and redemption Enlightenment and Romanticism and reason and imagination.

Aiming to thematise these debates from the perspective of the imagination, Rethinking Imagination takes two directions. The first addresses a socio-cultural interpretation in which the distinguishing figures of modernity can be viewed as continuing differentiation and autonomatization of spheres and systems that goes well beyond the divisions of labour. The second is an ongoing philosophical discourse about the imagination and its relation to reason which has been present since Enlightenment.

Divided into two separate yet interconnected parts, this book is a highly significant collection of essays and a valuable contribution to the field of philosophical and socio-cultural sociology. It is a key book for undergraduate, postgraduate and academic researchers.

 

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Contents

the constitution of modernity
15
The Apocalyptic imagination and the inability to mourn 30
45
European rationality
65
Kant on reason and imagination
87
Imagination in discourse and in action
118
Radical imaginatton and the social instituting imaginary
136
Reason imagination interpretation
155
Name index
186
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About the author (1994)

Janet Moyles is Professor of Education at Anglia Polytechnic University, Chelmsford.
Gillian Robinson is Reader and Director of Research in the School of Education at Anglia Polytechnic University, Chelmsford.

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