Imagination

Imagination

Imagination

Imagination

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The present essay has its origin primarily in some of the remarks on imagination made by Professor Ryle in The Concept of Mind. Reflection on arguments used in that book led me to make the distinctions which I have indicated by the phrases 'in imagination', 'with imagination', and the term 'supposal'. I derived much help here from an essay by Mrs Annis Flew entitled 'Images, supposing and imagining' (Philosophy, July 1953).

I should make it clear that this book is mainly a philosophical study of the leading concepts I have mentioned: there is very little in it about the psychology of imagination. I should say also that although the questions discussed in the chapter entitled Art and imagination are, I think, fundamental subjects--What is a work of art? What is the role of imagination in art? I could not claim to have done more than set the stage for topics, which, fully treated, could occupy a substantial volume.

I hope that the tone and content of some of the discussion will not appear unduly controversial. Philosophy, it seems to me, is--much of it at least--a debate, a dialogue, something more akin to the proceedings in a house of parliament than to the advance of a natural science. And just as in a parliamentary debate a member will refer to a remark on the liberty of the citizen made by a member sitting opposite him rather than to a similar remark uttered by Edmund Burke two centuries before, so it seemed appropriate that this essay should contain some sparring with contemporaries who can, and possibly will, reply. I do also take some account of thinkers of the past, especially Hume; here I am much indebted to Professor H. H. Price's book on that philosopher.

In addition to my debts to books I gratefully acknowledge criticisms and suggestions given to me by Dr L. Bass, Mr W. V. Denard, Professor H. W. Johnstone Jr, Professor W. G. Maclagan, Mr J. K. Walton, Mr G. Weiler, by the Editor of the . . .

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