The Creative Imagination as Treated in Western Thought

W. Norris Clarke, SJ

in The Creative Retrieval of Saint Thomas Aquinas

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780823229284
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236671 | DOI:
The Creative Imagination as Treated in Western Thought

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This chapter discusses the relationship creative imagination has to the guidance and rule of reason, and what that relationship tells about the nature and dignity of the human person as an embodied spirit and image of God. The creative imagination is the incarnation of idea in matter. The role of the creative imagination is to be creative in expanding the arts and literature, technology, economy, politics, and culture. The only wise way of exercising the creative imagination is under the guidance and illumination of human reason.

Keywords: creative imagination; Western thought; human dignity; arts and literature; human reason

Chapter.  7147 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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