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  1. Theorizing the Present.Johann P. Arnason - 2019 - Social Imaginaries 5 (2):143-159.
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    Editorial Introduction.Paul Blokker, Saulius Geniusas, John Krummel & Jeremy C. A. Smith - 2019 - Social Imaginaries 5 (2):7-10.
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    Daoism and the Meontological Imagination.David Chai - 2019 - Social Imaginaries 5 (2):59-73.
    Of the things needing to be forgotten if we are to partake in the oneness of Dao, language is perhaps the hardest. Since the purpose of words is to delimit things, words create an artificial division between things and their image qua form. While humanity views images as distinct entities, Dao leaves them in their jumbled collectivity; while humanity feels compelled to act upon our thoughts and feelings, Dao remains silent and empty. This leads to the following question: Will modelling (...)
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    Western Imaginary of Jihadism.Farhad Khosrokhavar - 2019 - Social Imaginaries 5 (2):75-104.
    Western jihadism is a complex phenomenon in which the imaginary dimension, the subjectivity of the actors linked to their socio-economic condition but also to their ethnicity, and beyond that, what I call their subjectivation, play a significant role. In Europe, among the Muslim offshoots of migrant workers, most of the psychological developments associated with Jihadism occurs in very specific urban structures, the poor districts or suburbs, where a high concentration of urban poor live with a burden of social stigma linked (...)
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  5. Religio-Political Nexus and Political Imaginary in Russia.Yulia Prozorova - 2019 - Social Imaginaries 5 (2):105-139.
    The essay contributes to the discussion of the religio-political nexus by examining the interplay between the religious and the political and the dynamics of political imaginary evoked by the Christianization and reception of Christian political theology in Russia. After a cursory overview of theoretical foundations underpinning the religio-political problematic, the essay introduces political theology as a constitutive element of the religio-political nexus and its most emphatic forms of theocracy and sacral rulership. Political theology sheds light on the gravitation between the (...)
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    Traversing Life and Thought.Kristupas Sabolius - 2019 - Social Imaginaries 5 (2):37-57.
    Simondon’s poorly examined theory of imagination reveals a number of interesting possibilities. On the one hand, by grounding the function of images within the idea of a cycle, it provides an attempt of reconciliation between the assumptions that privilege either reproduction or creativity. On the other hand, his view might also be conceived as a serious alternative to various theoretical stances that characterize the problem of imagination strictly within a dichotomy between individual subject and social imaginaries. The paper proposes a (...)
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  7. Mapping the Theme of Creativity in Cornelius Castoriadis’s and Paul Ricoeur’s Social Imaginaries.George Sarantoulias - 2019 - Social Imaginaries 5 (2):11-36.
    This paper elucidates the notion that action is creative through the social imaginaries perspective. Hans Joas’s critique of sociological theories on action developed in The Creativity of Action argued that creativity is an essential concept to better understand social action. Cornelius Castoriadis and Paul Ricoeur employ an understanding of action as being inextricably connected to the social imaginary and capable of bringing forth historically novel forms of being and doing. An elucidation of Castoriadis’s dichotomy between the instituted and instituting imaginaries (...)
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    The Cosmos of Imagination.Claudia Baracchi - 2019 - Social Imaginaries 5 (1):19-35.
    This essay raises the question of the character and status of imagination in ancient Greek philosophy. It is often said that neither Plato nor Aristotle conceived of imagination in genuinely productive terms. The point, however, is not approaching ancient thought while thinking with Kant, as if we were looking for proto-Kantian insights in antiquity. Ancient thought is not a series of ‘tentative steps’ destined to reach a full-blown articulation in modernity, let alone an anticipation of the first critique. On the (...)
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    Imitation and Individuation.Jagna Brudzińska - 2019 - Social Imaginaries 5 (1):81-95.
    A crucial feature of our individual biography is grounded in our common corporeal structure. Our life begins with a strong bodily intertwining that has an essential biographical and existential meaning. To elucidate this pre-egological form of connection between subjects, I refer to a peculiar form of sympathetical experience which precedes the intersubjective experience proper. From the genetic phenomenological point of view, sympathetical experience is characterized by a prereflective form of intentionality, which I describe as trans-bodily intentionality, as well as by (...)
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    Editor’s Introduction.Saulius Geniusas - 2019 - Social Imaginaries 5 (1):7-17.
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    Aristotelian Imagination and Decaying Sense.Justin Humphreys - 2019 - Social Imaginaries 5 (1):37-55.
    Aristotelian imagination is widely understood as a psychological power by which retained perceptual states recur in consciousness. According to this view, imagination is decaying sense, a part of the psyche that is parasitic on perceptual acts for its content. This paper disputes this reading and provides an alternative account of Aristotle’s concept of imagination. I argue that Aristotelian imagination is a power of the psyche that is both productive like intellect, and presentational like perception. Unlike perception and intellect, however, imagination (...)
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    Aesthetic A Priori and Embodied Imagination.Dalius Jonkus - 2019 - Social Imaginaries 5 (1):143-160.
    This paper discusses the modern idea of imagination and its various transformations in the phenomenological conceptual frameworks of Edward Casey, Mikel Dufrenne, Max Scheler and Vasily Sesemann. I would like to raise and critically assess questions regarding the role of imagination in our consciousness: whether imagination is a productive or reproductive activity; and how, if at all, aesthetic expression limits the imagination. Casey criticizes Dufrenne for his attempt to unite imagination with aesthetic expression. He argues for the autonomy of the (...)
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    Absolute Imagination: The Metaphysics of Romanticism.Gregory S. Moss - 2019 - Social Imaginaries 5 (1):57-80.
    Carnap famously argued that metaphysics unavoidably involves a confusion between science and poetry. Unlike the lyric poet, who does not attempt to make an argument, the metaphysician attempts to make an argument while simultaneously lacking in musical talent. Carnap’s objection that metaphysics unavoidably involves a blend of philosophy and poetry is not a 20th century insight. Plato, in his beautifully crafted Phaedo, presents us with the imprisoned Socrates, who having been condemned to death for practicing philosophy in the Apology, has (...)
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    Twardowski, Ingarden, and Blaustein on Creative Imagination.Witold Płotka - 2019 - Social Imaginaries 5 (1):121-141.
    The article is a critical elaboration of two phenomenological theories of imagination formulated by Ingarden and Blaustein in their discussion with Twardowski. Ingarden, as well as Blaustein were students of both Twardowski and Husserl, however, they defined imagination in two different contexts: whereas for Ingarden a proper way of analysis of imagination is ontology, for Blaustein imagination is the object of descriptive psychology, connected mainly with an aesthetic experience. As a result, the question of creativity of imagination is described in (...)
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    Reason, Action, and the Creative Imagination.Roger W. H. Savage - 2019 - Social Imaginaries 5 (1):161-180.
    The exemplary value of individual moral and political acts provides a unique vantage point for inquiring into the role of the creative imagination in social life. Drawing on Kant’s concept of productive imagination, I argue that an act’s exemplification of a fitting response to a moral or political problem or crisis is comparable to the way that a work of art expresses the ‘thought’ or ‘idea’ to which it gives voice. The exercise of practical reason, or phronesis, is akin to (...)
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    Is Make-Believe Only Reproduction?Michela Summa - 2019 - Social Imaginaries 5 (1):97-119.
    This paper develops an analysis of the relation between fiction and make-believe based on the achievements of imagination. The argument aims at a “reciprocal supplementation” between two approaches to fiction. According to one approach, pretense or make-believe structures play a crucial role in our experience of fiction. Discussing Husserl’s view on bound imagining and Walton’s account of fiction as make-believe, I show why pretense and make-believe cannot thereby be reduced to the mere reproduction of something we would experience as original. (...)
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    The Dignity of Utopian Imagination.Mario Wenning - 2019 - Social Imaginaries 5 (1):181-198.
    The utopian imagination is ambivalent in that it both escapes from, while also critically engaging with contemporary societies and forms of living. This paper calls to mind the dignity of utopian longing as well as common objections against political interpretations of utopia. Philosophical utopias, it is argued, make deliberative use of the imagination by sharpening a sense of possibility and providing reasons for utopian thought-images. On this account, utopias draw on irony and satire as constructive modes of imagining unrealized potentials (...)
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