Studies in History and Philosophy of Science

Understanding Imagination

The Reason of Images

Authors: Sepper, Dennis L

  • Treats both the practice and the theory of imagination 
  • Explains the essential relationship of imagination to science and mathematics
  • Presents a framework for future investigations of imagination ​
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This book discusses that imagination is as important to thinking and reasoning as it is to making and acting. By reexamining our philosophical and psychological heritage, it traces a framework, a conceptual topology, that underlies the most disparate theories: a framework that presents imagination as founded in the placement of appearances. It shows how this framework was progressively developed by thinkers like Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, and Kant, and how it is reflected in more recent developments in theorists as different as Peirce, Saussure, Wittgenstein, Benjamin, and Bachelard. The conceptual topology of imagination incorporates logic, mathematics, and science as well as production, play, and art. Recognizing this topology can move us past the confusions to a unifying view of imagination for the future. ​

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Beginning in the Middle of Things

    Sepper, Dennis L.

    Pages 1-15

  • Locating Emergent Appearance

    Sepper, Dennis L.

    Pages 17-52

  • Locating Imagination: The Inceptive Field Productivity and Differential Topology of Imagining (Plus What It Means to Play a Game)

    Sepper, Dennis L.

    Pages 53-101

  • Plato and the Ontological Placement of Images

    Sepper, Dennis L.

    Pages 103-184

  • Aristotle’s phantasia: From Animal Sensation to Understanding Forms of Fields

    Sepper, Dennis L.

    Pages 185-265

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eBook $219.00
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-9389-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Understanding Imagination
Book Subtitle
The Reason of Images
Authors
Series Title
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Series Volume
33
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-6507-8
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-6507-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-6506-1
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9389-7
Series ISSN
0929-6425
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 533
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