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Imagination: The missing mystery of philosophy
What is imagination and can philosophy define it in any meaningful way? This unit will...
What is imagination and can philosophy define it in any meaningful way? This unit will introduce you to some of the possible answers to these questions and will examine why philosophy has sometimes found it difficult to approach imagination. It will then go on to examine the relationship that imagination has to imagery and supposition, charting where these concepts overlap with imagination and where they diverge.
By the end of this unit you should:
- be able to discuss basic philosophical questions concerning the imagination;
- have enhanced your ability to understand problems concerning the imagination and to discuss them in a philosophical way.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Imagination
- 2 The varieties of imaginative experience
- 3 Imagery and supposition
- 4 Review
- 5 Further reading
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Imagination: the missing mystery of philosophy
This unit investigates certain philosophical issues concerning imagination, creativity and the relationships between them, and considers the conceptions and varieties of imaginative experience.
This free course is an adapted extract from the Open University course AA308 Thought and experience: themes in the philosophy of mind, which is no longer taught by the University. If you want to study formally with us, you may wish to explore other courses we offer in this
This is an extract from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Philosophy courses or view the range of currently available OU Philosophy courses.
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Originally published: Thursday, 23rd June 2011
Last updated on: Thursday, 23rd June 2011
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