Chapter

Imagination

Anthony Kenny

in The Metaphysics of Mind

Published in print September 1992 | ISBN: 9780192830708
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670527 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192830708.003.0008
Imagination

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This chapter makes a distinction between fancy and imagination. It also discusses creative, linguistic, and intellectual imagination. It argues that the creative imagination is not something which can be contrasted with the intellect in the way in which the fancy can: it is one aspect of the intellectual faculty. In the case of any substantial intellectual structure, the question whether it is to be attributed to imagination or to insight, whether it is to be saluted as a creation or discovery, is a question which cannot be settled by looking within the mind or examining the expression in language of the intellectual structure. It depends on whether the structure can be regarded as a true account of the world.

Keywords: creative imagination; intellectual imagination; fancy; linguistic imagination; discovery

Chapter.  4059 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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