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Stretching the Limits of Productive Imagination

Studies in Kantianism, Phenomenology and Hermeneutics

Edited by Saulius Geniusas

Part of the series Social Imaginaries

Publication Date: May 2018

Pages 256

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How has the concept of productive imagination been developed in post-Kantian philosophy? This important and innovative volume explores this question, with particular focus on hermeneutics, phenomenology and neo-Kantianism.

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.
Introduction / Chapter 1. Günter Zöller: The Productive Power of the Imagination. Kant on the Schematism of the Understanding and the Symbolism of Reason / Chapter 2. Eric S. Nelson: Wilhelm Dilthey and the Formative-Generative Imagination / Chapter 3. Claudio Majolino: Within and Beyond Productive Imagination. A Historical-Critical Inquiry into Phenomenology / Chapter 4. Qingjie James Wang: Two Starting Points in Heidegger’s Critical Interpretation of Kant’s Transcendental Imagination / Chapter 5. Saulius Geniusas: Miki Kiyoshi and the Logic of the Imagination / Chapter 6. Kathleen Lennon: Unpacking ‘the Imaginary Texture of the Real’ with Kant, Sartre and Merleau-Ponty / Chapter 7. Annabelle Dufourcq: The Imaginary Texture of Beings and Its Ethical Implications: Rethinking Realism with Husserl and Merleau-Ponty / Chapter 8. Kwok-ying Lau: Image-picture vs Image-fiction: Is Sartre Ignorant of Productive Imagination? / Chapter 9. Suzi Adams: On Castoriadis and the Social Imaginary Institution of the Real: Hermeneutic-Phenomenological Affinities and Critiques via His Dialogue with Merleau-Ponty / Chapter 10. Richard Kearney: Exploring Imagination with Paul Ricœur / Chapter 11. Dieter Lohmar: Social Imagery in Non-Linguistic Thinking about Social Topics. On the Strength of Fantasy in Thinking about Social Conflicts / Chapter 12. Gediminas Karoblis: Productive Kinaesthetic Imagination / Index
This quite remarkable collection of essays on the productive imagination offers a rich repast well deserving to be savored in multiple sittings. The essays demonstrate both the complexity and diversity of the topic and offer productive efforts themselves to deepen and extend the subject. Kudos to Saulius Geniusas as editor for gathering such a thought-provoking group of authors.
George Taylor, University of Pittsburgh
Saulius Geniusas is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is the author of The Origins of the Horizon in Husserl’s Phenomenology (2012), co-editor of Hermeneutics and Phenomenology: Figures and Themes (with Paul Fairfield, forthcoming), Relational Hermeneutics: Essays in Comparative Philosophy (with Paul Fairfield, forthcoming), and Phenomenological Ethics (A Special Issue of Santalka: Filosofija, 17/3, 2009).

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