David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
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Before imagination became the transcendent and creative faculty promoted by the Romantics, it was for something quite different. Not reserved to a privileged few, imagination was instead considered a universal ability that each person could direct in practical ways. To imagine something meant to form in the mind a replica of a thing—its taste, its sound, and other physical attributes. At the end of the Renaissance, there was a movement to encourage individuals to develop their ability to imagine vividly. Within their private mental space, a space of embodied, sensual thought, they could meditate, pray, or philosophize. Gradually, confidence in the self-directed imagination fell out of favor and was replaced by the belief that the few—an elite of writers and teachers—should control the imagination of the many. This book seeks to understand what imagination meant in early modern Europe, particularly in early modern France, before the Romantic era gave the term its modern meaning. The author explores the themes surrounding early modern notions of imagination (including hostility to imagination) through the writings of such figures as Descartes, Montaigne, François de Sales, Pascal, the Marquise de Se;vigne;, Madame de Lafayette, and Fe;nelon.
|Keywords||French literature History and criticism French literature History and criticism French literature History and criticism Imagination in literature Philosophy, French Philosophy, French Philosophy, French Imagination (Philosophy|
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Gary Hatfield (1986). The Senses and the Fleshless Eye: The Meditations as Cognitive Exercises. In Amelie Rorty (ed.), Essays on Descartes' Meditations. University of California Press 45–76.
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William D. Wood (2009). Axiology, Self-Deception, and Moral Wrongdoing in Blaise Pascal's Pensées. Journal of Religious Ethics 37 (2):355-384.
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