For philosophers of German idealism and early German romanticism, the imagination is central to issues ranging from hermeneutics to transcendental logic and from ethics to aesthetics. This volume of new essays brings together, for the first time, comprehensive and critical reflections on the significances of the imagination during this period, with essays on Kant and the imagination, the imagination in post-Kantian German idealism, and the imagination in early German romanticism. The essays explore the many and varied uses of the imagination and discuss whether they form a coherent or shared notion or whether they embody points of philosophical divergence within these traditions. They shed new light on one of the most important and enigmatic aspects of human nature, as understood in the context of a profoundly influential era of western thought.
, Konstantin Pollok
Cambridge University Press
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13 June 2019
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Introduction to the significances of the imagination in Kant, idealism, and romanticism Gerad Gentry; Part I. Kant and the Imagination: 1. Kant on the role of the imagination (and images) in the transition from intuition to experience Clinton Tolley; 2. Kant on imagination and the intuition of time Tobias Rosefeldt; 3. 'The faculty of intuitions A Priori'. Kant on the productive power of the imagination Gunter Zoeller; 4. Unity in variety: theoretical, practical and aesthetic reason in Kant Keren Gorodeisky; Part II. The Imagination in Post-Kantian German Idealism: 5. Imagination and objectivity in Fichte's early Wissenschaftslehre Johannes Haag; 6. The Kantian roots of Hegel's theory of the imagination Meghant Sudan; 7. The ground of Hegel's logic of life and the unity of reason: free lawfulness of the imagination Gerad Gentry; Part III. The Imagination in German Romanticism: 8. Imagination and interpretation: Herder's concept of Einfuhlung Michael N. Forster; 9. Imagination, divination, and understanding: Schleiermacher and the hermeneutics of the second person Kristin Gjesdal; 10. Poetry and imagination in Fichte and the early German romantics: a re-assessment Elizabeth Millan Brusslan; 11. Art, imagination and the interpretation of the age: Hegel and Schlegel on the new status of art and its connection to religion and philosophy Allen Speight.
Gerad Gentry is Assistant Professor in Philosophy and Philosophy of Law at Lewis University and Associate Visiting Research Faculty in Germanic Studies at the University of Chicago. He is the editor of the forthcoming volume Kantian Legacies in German Idealism. Konstantin Pollok is Professor of Philosophy at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. His book Kant's Theory of Normativity: Exploring the Space of Reason (Cambridge, 2017) won the 2018 North American Kant Society Book Prize for Senior Scholars.
Reviews for The Imagination in German Idealism and Romanticism
'This is a work for students and scholars of the history of philosophy and those interested in exploring the role and relevance of the imagination for thinking through contemporary problems in epistemology, aesthetics, and other areas of philosophical inquiry ... Highly recommended.' J. A. Fischel, Choice 'This is a work for students and scholars of the history of philosophy and those interested in exploring the role and relevance of the imagination for thinking through contemporary problems in epistemology, aesthetics, and other areas of philosophical inquiry ... Highly recommended.' J. A. Fischel, Choice