Art and Imagination

In Amy Kind (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Imagination. London: Routledge. pp. 179–191 (2016)
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Aaron Meskin
University of Leeds
Nick Wiltsher
University of Antwerp
Abstract
It is intuitively plausible that art and imagination are intimately connected. This chapter explores attempts to explain that connection. We focus on three areas in which art and imagination might be linked: production, ontology, and appreciation. We examine views which treat imagination as a fundamental human faculty, and aim for comprehensive accounts of art and artistic practice: for example, those of Kant and Collingwood. We also discuss philosophers who argue that a specific kind of imagining may explain some particular element of the artistic domain: for example, Walton's ideas about representational art, and Kivy’s about reading.
Keywords imagination  art  aesthetics
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