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Imagination and Memory

Desmond M. Clarke

in Descartes's Theory of Mind

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780199261239
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597213 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199261237.003.0004
 Imagination and Memory

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Descartes explains memory and imagination, as ideas, by patterns in the flow of animal spirits through the brain that are caused by traces of former sensations (memory) or by other bodily conditions that are more active when we sleep or daydream. Despite the contrast with intuition, imagination constructs reliable images of perceptual phenomena, by synthesizing incoming signals from different senses.

Keywords: imagination; intuition; memory traces

Chapter.  13841 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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