Although the concept of productive imagination plays a fundamental role in Kant, German Idealism, Romanticism, Phenomenology and Hermeneutics, the meaning of this central concept remains largely undetermined. The significance of productive imagination is therefore all-too-often either inflated or underrated. The articles collected in this volume trace the development of productive imagination through the history of philosophy, identify the different meanings this concept has been ascribed in different philosophical frameworks, and raise the question anew concerning this concept's philosophical significance. Special attention is given to the historical background that underlies the emergence of productive imagination in modernity, to Kant's concept of productive imagination, to the further development of this concept in German Idealism, Wilhelm Dilthey, Edmund Husserl, Ernst Cassirer and Martin Heidegger, Jean-Paul Sartre and Paul Ricoeur. A group of leading scholars present a systematic and comprehensive reference tool for anyone working in the fields of social imaginaries.
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield International
Number of pages: 206
Weight: 494 g
Dimensions: 229 x 161 x 23 mm
This welcome volume explores the conceptual history of productive imagination by focusing on the development of the concept from its prefiguration in antiquity to its modern articulation in and after Kant. Special attention is paid to the romantic, phenomenological and hermeneutical traditions, with the main reference authors being F. Schlegel, Novalis, Dilthey and Ricoeur, as well as Cassirer and Heidegger. -- Gunter Zoeller, Professor of Philosophy, University of Munich
[This volume] offers a valuable combination of introductory guidance and original theses. It contains helpful clarifications of how philosophical concepts develop through inter-philosophical dialogue but also in conversation with the arts. It likewise opens avenues for exploring the grand, metaphysical question of human creativity in history. If we approach it aware of its deliberate focus on the Kantian and continental tradition, we will see that its chapters develop a coherent "conceptual history" of a core moment in philosophy. * Phenomenological Reviews *