34 specially commissioned chapters by leading philosophers examine the most important aspects of philosophy of imagination, including: what is the imagination?; imagination in historical context: imagination in aesthetics and ethics; imagination in philosophy of mind and cognitive science: imagination and contemporary empirical research; mindreading, the self, imagination and action; imagination and developmental psychology; imagination in epistemology, and philosophies of science and mathematics.
Imagination occupies a central place in philosophy, going back to Aristotle. However, following a period of relative neglect there has been an explosion of interest in imagination in the past two decades as philosophers examine the role of imagination in debates about the mind and cognition, aesthetics and ethics, as well as epistemology, science and mathematics. This outstanding Handbook contains over thirty specially commissioned chapters by leading philosophers organised into six clear sections examining the most important aspects of the philosophy of imagination, including: Imagination in historical context: Aristotle, Descartes, Hume, Kant, Husserl, and Sartre What is imagination? The relation between imagination and mental imagery; imagination contrasted with perception, memory, and dreaming Imagination in aesthetics: imagination and our engagement with music, art, and fiction; the problems of fictional emotions and 'imaginative resistance' Imagination in philosophy of mind and cognitive science: imagination and creativity, the self, action, child development, and animal cognition Imagination in ethics and political philosophy, including the concept of 'moral imagination' and empathy Imagination in epistemology and philosophy of science, including learning, thought experiments, scientific modelling, and mathematics. The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Imagination is essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy of mind and psychology, aesthetics, and ethics. It will also be a valuable resource for those in related disciplines such as psychology and art.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Exploring Imagination Amy Kind Part 1: Historical Treatments of Imagination 1. Aristotle on Phantasia Deborah Modrak 2. Descartes Dennis Sepper 3. Hume Fabian Dorsch 4. Kant's Theory of Imagination Samantha Matherne 5. Husserl Julia Jansen 6. Sartre Robert Hopkins Part 2: Contemporary Discussions of Imagination 7. Imagination and Mental Imagery Dominic Gregory 8. Imagination and Belief Neil Sinhababu 9. Imagination and Perception Bence Nanay 10. Imagination and Memory Dorothea Debus 11. Imagination, Dreaming, and Hallucination Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa 12. Desire-Like Imagination Amy Kind Part3: Imagination in Aesthetics 13. Art and Imagination Nick Wiltsher and Aaron Meskin 14. Music and Imagination James O. Young 15. Imagination and Fiction Kathleen Stock 16. Fiction and Emotion Stacie Friend 17. The Cognitive Architecture of Imaginative Resistance Kengo Miyazono and Shen-yi Liao Part 4: Imagination in Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science 18. Imagination and Creativity Dustin Stokes 19. Simulation Theory Shannon Spaulding 20. Imagination and the Self Dilip Ninan 21. Imagining and Action Neil Van Leeuwen 22. Imagination and Child Development Deena Weisberg 23. Imagination and Pretense Elizabeth Picciuto and Peter Carruthers 24. Can Animals Imagine? Robert Mitchell 25. Imagination and Rationality Ruth Byrne Part 5: Imagination in Ethics, Moral Psychology, and Political Philosophy 26. Moral Imagination Mark Johnson 27. Empathy and the Imagination Karsten Stueber 28. The Ethics of Imagination and Fantasy Aaron Smuts 29. Imagination and the Capabilities Approach Natalie Fletcher Part 6: Imagination in Epistemology, Philosophy of Science, and Philosophy of Mathematics 30. Imagination and Learning Greg Currie 31. Thought Experiment and Imagination Roy Sorensen 32. Imagination and Modal Epistemology Peter Kung 33. Imagination in Scientific Modeling Adam Toon 34. Imagination in Mathematics Andrew Arana. Index