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Imagination: The missing mystery of philosophy

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What is imagination and can philosophy define it in any meaningful way? This free course, Imagination: The missing mystery of philosophy, 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.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • discuss basic philosophical questions concerning the imagination
  • understand problems concerning the imagination and discuss them in a philosophical way.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 20 hours
  • Updated Friday 15th January 2016
  • Advanced level
  • Posted under Philosophy
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Imagination: the missing mystery of philosophy


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This course investigates certain philosophical issues concerning imagination, creativity and the relationships between them, and considers the conceptions and varieties of imaginative experience.

This OpenLearn course provides a sample of Level 3 study in Arts and Humanities [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

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