Kant's Theory of Imagination: Bridging Gaps in Judgement and Experience by Sarah L. GibbonsKant's Theory of Imagination: Bridging Gaps in Judgement and Experience by Sarah L. Gibbons

Kant's Theory of Imagination: Bridging Gaps in Judgement and Experience

bySarah L. Gibbons

Hardcover | October 1, 1994

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This book departs from much of the scholarship on Kant by demonstrating the centrality of imagination to Kant's philosophy as a whole. In Kant's works, human experience is simultaneously passive and active, thought and sensed, free and unfree: these dualisms are ofen thought of as unfortunatebyproducts of his system. Gibbons, however, shows that imagination performs a vital function in 'bridging gaps' between the different elements of cognition and experience. Thus, the role imagination plays in Kant's works expresses his fundamental insight into the complexity of cognition for finiterational beings such as ourselves.Gibbons begins with an interpretation of synthesis which shows it to be a broader activity than most accounts suggest. Examining the first Critique, she presents a reading of the Transcendental Deduction and the chapter on Schematism that spells out the extraconceptual activities of imaginationessential to cognition. This account of imagination is built upon in the Critique of Judgment, where Kant elaborates its role in characterizing the subjective conditions of judgement.Throughout, the cooperation of imagination and reason is highlighted; Gibbons shows that on Kant's account, human beings pursue reason's ideal ends through the provisional and continuing attempt to articulate them. This attempt involves an appeal to a shared social and historical imagination -thus, a full characterization of the subjective conditions of judgement must include the role of imagination.
Sarah L. Gibbons is a Student in counselling psychology, Lesley College and teaching assistant at Harvard University.
Title:Kant's Theory of Imagination: Bridging Gaps in Judgement and ExperienceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.67 inPublished:October 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198240414

ISBN - 13:9780198240419

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`She does not attempt to provide a definitive account of imagination, she instead invites the reader to accompany her on 'an open-ended journey' devoted to exploring the ways that imagination plays a crucial role in Kant's thinking. ... a tantalizing book, one that contains a considerablenumber of insights.'British Journal of the History of Philosophy