The Imaginary: A Phenomenological Psychology of the Imagination

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  • Copyright: 2010-04-21
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A cornerstone of Sartre's philosophy, The Imaginary was first published in 1940. Sartre had become acquainted with the philosophy of Edmund Husserl in Berlin and was fascinated by his idea of the 'intentionality of consciousness' as a key to the puzzle of existence. Against this background, The Imaginary crystallized Sartre's worldview and artistic vision. The book is an extended examination of the concepts of nothingness and freedom, both of which are derived from the ability of consciousness to imagine objects both as they are and as they are not ' ideas that would drive Sartre's existentialism and entire theory of human freedom.

Author Biography

Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-80) is the foremost French thinker and writer of the early post-war years. His books have exerted enormous influence in philosophy, literature, art, and politics.

Table of Contents

Historical Introductionp. vii
Philosophical Introductionp. xiii
Notes on the Translationp. xxvii
The Certainp. 1
The Intentional Structure of the Imagep. 3
Descriptionp. 4
The Methodp. 4
First Characteristic: The Image is a Consciousnessp. 5
Second Characteristic: The Phenomenon of Quasi-Observationp. 8
Third Characteristic: The Imaging Consciousness Posits its Object as a Nothingnessp. 11
Fourth Characteristic: Spontaneityp. 14
Conclusionp. 14
The Image Familyp. 17
Image, Portrait, Caricaturep. 17
Sign and Portraitp. 21
From Sign to Image: Consciousness of Imitationsp. 25
From Sign to Image: Schematic Drawingsp. 29
Faces in the Fire, Spots on Walls, Rocks in Human Formp. 35
Hypnagogic Images, Scenes and Persons Seen in Coffee Grounds, in a Crystal Ballp. 37
From Portrait to Mental Imagep. 50
Mental Imagep. 52
The Probablep. 55
The Nature of the Analogon in the Mental Imagep. 57
Knowledgep. 57
Affectivityp. 68
Movementsp. 73
The Role of the Word in the Mental Imagep. 83
The Mode of Appearance of a Thing in the Mental Imagep. 85
The Role of the Image in Psychic Lifep. 95
The Symbolp. 97
Symbolic Schemas and Illustrations of Thoughtp. 107
Image and Thoughtp. 112
Image and Perceptionp. 120
The Imaginary Lifep. 123
The Irreal Objectp. 125
Conduct in the Face of the Irrealp. 136
Pathology of the Imaginationp. 148
The Dreamp. 159
Conclusionp. 177
Consciousness and Imaginationp. 179
The Work of Artp. 188
Notesp. 195
Indexp. 204
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