SpringerBriefs in Theoretical Advances in Psychology

A Theory of Imagining, Knowing, and Understanding

Authors: Tateo, Luca

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  • The book elevates imagination to higher mental function, providing a brand new theory of imagining
  • A deep yet accessible overview to imagining across disciplines and epochs. A reading suitable for researchers, students and general public
  • Opens a complete new frontiers in the study of imagining, its genesis in human development and its role in human knowing
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This is a book about imaginative work and its relationship with the construction of knowledge. It is fully acknowledged by epistemologists that imagination is not something opposed to rationality; it is not mere fantasy opposed to intellect. In philosophy and cognitive sciences, imagination is generally “delimiting not much more than the mental ability to interact cognitively with things that are not now present via the senses.” (Stuart, 2017, p. 11) For centuries, scholars and poets have wondered where this capability could come from, whether it is inspired by divinity or it is a peculiar feature of human mind (Tateo, 2017b).

       The omnipresence of imaginative work in both every day and highly specialized human activities requires a profoundly radical understanding of this phenomenon. We need to work imaginatively in order to achieve knowledge, thus imagination must be something more than a mere flight of fantasy. Considering different stories in the field of scientific endeavor, I will try to propose the idea that the imaginative process is fundamental higher mental function that concurs in our experiencing, knowing and understanding the world we are part of. This book is thus about a theoretical idea of imagining as constant part of the complex whole we call the human psyche. It is a story of human beings striving not only for knowledge and exploration but also striving for imagining possibilities.​


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Luca Tateo is Associate Professor at the University of Oslo and Visiting Associate Professor at the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil. He is also Associate Professor in Epistemology and History of Cultural Psychology at Aalborg University, Denmark and Honorary Associate Professor at University of Sydney, Australia. His research interests are the study of imagination as higher psychological function, the cultural psychology of education, and the epistemology and history of psychological sciences in order to reflect upon the future trends of psychological research and related methodological issues. He is editor in chief of the book series “Innovations in qualitative research”, IAP and co-editor in chief of the peer-reviewed journal “Human Arenas. An Interdisciplinary Journal of Psychology, Culture, and Meaning”, Springer.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Theory of Imagining, Knowing, and Understanding
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Theoretical Advances in Psychology
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-38025-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-38025-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-38024-3
Series ISSN
2511-395X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 87
Number of Illustrations
9 b/w illustrations, 10 illustrations in colour
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