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Summary Perception provides us with access to the actual world -- to things that actually exist and to states of affairs that actually occur.  In contrast, imagination provides us with access to merely possible worlds -- to things that do not actually exist and to states of affairs that do not actually occur.  Imagination is philosophically important for its role in many different domains of inquiry.  In aesthetics, imagination is invoked to explain our engagement with fiction, music, and the visual arts.  In modal epistemology, imagination is invoked to explain how we can justify our modal beliefs.  In philosophy of mind, imagination is invoked to explain our capacity for mindreading.  More generally, imagination is thought to connect with creativity and thus to play a role not only in artistic creation but also in scientific and mathematical discovery. 
Key works White 1990 provides a survey of historical treatments of the imagination.  Walton 1990 and Currie 1990 are the seminal texts for the use of imagination in our engagement with fiction.  Several useful recent collections include Nichols 2006 (focusing on pretense, possibility, and fiction), Gendler & Hawthorne 2002 (focusing on modal epistemology), and Kieran & Lopes 2003 (focusing on literature and the visual arts).  Block 1981 is a slightly older collection that focuses on mental imagery.  For a discussion of the nature of imagination, see Kind 2001.
Introductions Useful encyclopedia articles include Gendler 2011 and Kind 2005.
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  1. B. A. (1963). Literature, Philosophy, and the Imagination. [REVIEW] Review of Metaphysics 16 (3):583-583.
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  2. Daniel Aaron’S. (2003). Re-Imagining US Literature and the Left. Historical Materialism 11 (4):395-404.
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  3. H. P. E. Abbott (2001). Imagination and the Adapted Mind: A Special Double Issue. Substance 30.
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  4. Raziel Abelson, Marie-Louise Friquegnon & Michael Lockwood (1977). The Philosophical Imagination an Introduction to Philosophy.
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  5. Joseph Agassi (2007). Imagination and Reason. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 30 (5-6):453-453.
    Byrne's book is intended to explain why people imagine the things they do when they create alternatives to reality. Two fruitful areas of further research are: (1) How can her approach explain dreams and daydreams? (2) What is the developmental time course of the child's understanding of reality and imagination?
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  6. Daniel Albright (1981). Representation and the Imagination Beckett, Kafka, Nabokov, and Schoenberg /Daniel Albright. --. --. University of Chicago Press,1981.
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  7. Danielle Allen (2004). On the Sociological Imagination. Critical Inquiry 30 (2):340-341.
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  8. J. Allen (2008). Philosophy and Porous Imagination: Between Coral Reefs. South African Journal of Philosophy 27 (4):92-92.
    Diving into the life of the tropical coral reefs and Amadou Hampâté Ba’s reflections on the person conjoin in this work, which is at once philosophical and poetic. The permeable parameters of philosophy, which enable thought to hover between unstable contours rather than to prioritize secure foundations, open to a porous imagination, tracing and retracing panoramic geographies and contemporary tensions of globalization and development. Porous imagination slips, glides, between archipelagos of clay rooftops and refuge dotting the Sudan and the smallest (...)
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  9. Randall Everett Allsup (2005). Hard Times: Philosophy and the Fundamentalist Imagination. Philosophy of Music Education Review 13 (2):139-142.
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  10. Matthew C. Altman (2011). Matters of Spirit: J. G. Fichte and the Technological Imagination (Review). Journal of the History of Philosophy 49 (2):259-261.
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  11. George Anastaplo (1993). Natural Right and the American Imagination. Review of Metaphysics 47 (1):172-173.
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  12. Fernando Andacht (2001). Those Powerful Materialized Dreams: Peirce on Icons and the Human Imagination. American Journal of Semiotics 17 (3):91-116.
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  13. Kirsteen Anderson (2010). The Whole Learner: The Role of Imagination in Developing Disciplinary Understanding. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice 9 (2):205-221.
    This article challenges the predominance of modularization across the UK university system, arguing that the fragmentation of the learning experience which results from this model undermines the possibility of a disciplinary understanding. It proposes instead a practice of imaginative writing which, by engaging students’ experience, interest and enthusiasm, encourages them to develop an appreciation of their discipline and the intellectual and discursive resources to participate meaningfully in it. The argument is supported by detailed discussion of the teaching and learning experience (...)
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  14. Wayne C. Anderson (1986). The Finite I Am: Reason and Imagination in Coleridge's Religious Thought. Ultimate Reality and Meaning 9 (4):243-261.
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  15. David Andress (1998). Truth, Ethics and Imagination. In John Arnold, Kate Davies & Simon Ditchfield (eds.), History and Heritage: Consuming the Past in Contemporary Culture. Donhead. 237.
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  16. Leonard Angel (2010). Deeply Imaginative Scepticism. Dialogue 49 (3):489-496.
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  17. Diego Apráez Ippolito & Angélique Touzot (eds.) (2008). Les Chemins de L'Imaginaire: Hommage à Maryvonne Perrot. Centre Georges Chevrier.
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  18. Páll S. Árdal (1979). Of Sympathetic Imagination. Bowling Green Studies in Applied Philosophy 1:65-71.
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  19. Felix Arnold (1906). Ibot's Essay on the Creative Imagination. [REVIEW] Journal of Philosophy 3 (25):695.
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  20. Felix Arnold (1905). Eillaube on L'imagination. [REVIEW] Journal of Philosophy 2 (14):386.
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  21. Lucien Arréat (1919). Note sur Les rapports de la crédulité avec l'imagination. Revue Philosophique de la France Et de l'Etranger 88:479 - 483.
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  22. Lucien Arréat (1894). Mémoire Et Imagination. The Monist 5:450.
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  23. R. I. Arrington (1985). Lovibond, S., "Realism and Imagination in Ethics". [REVIEW] Mind 94:488.
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  24. Marc Augé (1997). La Guerre des Rêves Exercices d'Ethno-Fiction.
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  25. J. L. Austin & G. E. M. Anscombe (1958). Pretending. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 32:261-294.
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  26. Randall E. Auxier (1997). Will, Imagination, and Reason. The Personalist Forum 13 (2):325-332.
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  27. Irving Babbitt (1960/1968). On Being Creative. New York, Biblo and Tannen.
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  28. Irving Babbitt (1933). On Being Creative, and Other Essays. Philosophical Review 42:443.
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  29. J. Mark Baldwin (1908). Knowledge and Imagination. Philosophical Review 17:679.
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  30. Carmen Balzer (1992). Creative Imagination and Dream. Analecta Husserliana 38:363.
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  31. Moshe Barasch (1992). Works of the Imagination A Comment. In Edna Ullmann-Margalit (ed.), The Scientific Enterprise. Kluwer. 117--121.
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  32. Laura Barefield (2005). The Holy Grail: Imagination and Belief. [REVIEW] The Medieval Review 9.
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  33. Owen Barfield (1967). Imagination and Inspiration. In Stanley Romaine Hopper & David L. Miller (eds.), Interpretation: The Poetry of Meaning. New York, Harcourt, Brace & World.
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  34. Andrew Bartlett (2008). From First Hesitation to Scenic Imagination: Originary Thinking with Eric Gans. Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 15 (1):89-172.
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  35. F. C. Bartlett (1928). Types of Imagination. Philosophy 3 (09):78-.
    At first sight it may seem as if Imagination can easily be characterized as a continuous process of having images; but this is very soon found to be inadequate and misleading. On the one hand we have a great number of good witnesses who insist that in their best imaginative work they have made use of no images, or of very few; and on the other, everybody makes distinction between flights of fancy, for example, which certainly involve successions of images, (...)
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  36. Jennifer Ann Bates (1997). The Genesis and Spirit of Imagination. Dissertation, University of Toronto (Canada)
    Given the importance of imagination for Kant, Fichte and Schelling, it is significant that the word only comes up once in Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit, and that it is not a chapter heading alongside "Sense-Certainty," "Perception," "Understanding" and "Reason." ;Part I. "Imagination in Theory" looks at the development in Hegel's theory of imagination from the Differenzschrift and Faith and Knowledge, through three different versions of the Philosophy of Spirit . Part II. "Imagination in Practice," focuses on the final moment of (...)
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  37. Stanley Bates (1991). The Language of Imagination. Philosophical Books 32 (3):174-176.
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  38. Greg Battye (2014). Photography, Narrative, Time: Imaging Our Forensic Imagination. Intellect Ltd.
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  39. Alexander Baumgarten (2009). Sicut Speculum Animatum. From Aristotles’ Concept Of Imagination To Albert The Great’s Intentionalism / Sicut Speculum Animatum. De L’Imagination Aristotelicienne A L’Intentionnalisme D’Albert Le Grand. [REVIEW] Studia Philosophica 1.
    My paper approaches Aristotle’s concept of imagination considering its various meanings as possible sources for the contemporary phenomenology. It argues that the phenomenological interpretation of imagination in terms of intentionality could be referred back to Avicenna, Albert the Great and Thomas Aquinas, due to their understandig of imagination as part of an entirely receptive subjectivity.
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  40. Barbara Baumgarten (2004). God and the Creative Imagination. Tradition and Discovery 31 (3):45-46.
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  41. P. Beck (2001). The Scientific Imagination. By Gerald Holton. The European Legacy 6 (3):383-383.
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  42. T. O. Beidelman (1986). Moral Imagination in Kaguru Modes of Thought. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
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  43. Peter Beilharz (1994). Bernard Smith—Imagining the Antipodes. Thesis Eleven 38 (1):93-103.
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  44. Guy Bennett-Hunter (2014). The Travel Literature of Xavier de Maistre and its Philosophical Significance. In Garth Lean, Russell Staif & Emma Waterton (eds.), Travel and Imagination. Ashgate. 75-88.
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  45. Jeffrey T. Berger (2010). Imagining the Unthinkable, Illuminating the Present. Journal of Clinical Ethics 22 (1):17-19.
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  46. I. Berlin (1976). Vicos Philosophy of Imagination-Reply. Social Research 43 (3):426-429.
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  47. Josiah Blackmore (2008). Imagining the Moor in Medieval Portugal. Diacritics 36 (3):27-43.
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  48. Karen Blough (2003). The Key to the Brescia Casket: Typology and the Early Christian Imagination. [REVIEW] The Medieval Review 3.
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  49. Radu J. Bogdan (2013). Mindvaults: Sociocultural Grounds for Pretending and Imagining. The Mit Press.
    Looks at what the author calls "mindvaulting," or the human mind's ability to vault over the realm of current perception, motivation, emotion and action, to leap—consciously and deliberately—to past or future, possible or impossible, ...
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  50. Arnd Bohm (1987). Richard C. McCleary, Imagination's Body Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 7 (9):362-363.
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