The essays in this collection demonstrate that imagination is productive not only because it fabricates non-existent objects, but also because it shapes human experience and co-determines the meaning of the experienced world. The authors show how imagination forms experience at the kinaesthetic, pre-linguistic, poetic, historical, artistic, social and political levels, focussing on the following concepts:
- how imagination generates symbols in modernity, which inform the prevalent political and social concepts;
- the role that poetic, historical and generative imagination plays in human sciences;
- how imagination regulates experience and provides intuitive boundaries for experience;
- the function of productive imagination in the formation of symbolic forms;
- how productive imagination transfigures our perceptual relation to the world;
- its significance for social creativity;
- its ethical significance in light of the current immigration crisis;
- its essential function at the levels of pre-linguistic thinking
- the role of kinaesthetic imagination.
The volume offers both a thematic and a historical overview of productive imagination understood as Kant originally wanted us to understand it.