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The Imagination in German Idealism and Romanticism

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Gerad Gentry, Clinton Tolley, Tobias Rosefeldt, Günter Zöller, Keren Gorodeisky, Johannes Haag, Meghant Sudan, Michael N. Forster, Kristin Gjesdal, Elizabeth Millán Brusslan, Allen Speight
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  • Date Published: July 2019
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107197701

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  • For philosophers of German idealism and early German romanticism, the imagination is central to issues ranging from hermeneutics to transcendental logic and from ethics to aesthetics. This volume of new essays brings together, for the first time, comprehensive and critical reflections on the significances of the imagination during this period, with essays on Kant and the imagination, the imagination in post-Kantian German idealism, and the imagination in early German romanticism. The essays explore the many and varied uses of the imagination and discuss whether they form a coherent or shared notion or whether they embody points of philosophical divergence within these traditions. They shed new light on one of the most important and enigmatic aspects of human nature, as understood in the context of a profoundly influential era of western thought.

    • Appeals to those interested in the creative and phenomenal structures of human rationality
    • Adds to current debates on the imagination by bringing different sub-disciplines and key figures like Fichte and Kant into dialogue
    • Moves toward a unified view of the major driving forces in German idealism and early German romanticism
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    Reviews & endorsements

    ‘a timely collection for specialists, one that should be of interest to anyone working on Kant or German Idealism and Romanticism.’ Jessica Williams, Journal of the History of Philosophy

    ‘This is a work for students and scholars of the history of philosophy and those interested in exploring the role and relevance of the imagination for thinking through contemporary problems in epistemology, aesthetics, and other areas of philosophical inquiry … Highly recommended.’ J. A. Fischel, Choice Reviews

    ‘The 11 essays of The Imagination in German Idealism and Romanticism represent the first systematic attempt to provide a coherent picture … of the concept of imagination across some of the most influential years of the history of philosophy. This volume plots a course through the most significant figures of German Idealism and Romanticism … toward a variety of themes which can be said to mirror the variety of roles that the imagination plays.’ Luigi Filieri, Journal of Transcendental Philosophy

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107197701
    • length: 278 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 157 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction to the significances of the imagination in Kant, idealism, and romanticism Gerad Gentry
    Part I. Kant and the Imagination:
    1. Kant on the role of the imagination (and images) in the transition from intuition to experience Clinton Tolley
    2. Kant on imagination and the intuition of time Tobias Rosefeldt
    3. 'The faculty of intuitions A Priori'. Kant on the productive power of the imagination Günter Zöller
    4. Unity in variety: theoretical, practical and aesthetic reason in Kant Keren Gorodeisky
    Part II. The Imagination in Post-Kantian German Idealism:
    5. Imagination and objectivity in Fichte's early Wissenschaftslehre Johannes Haag
    6. The Kantian roots of Hegel's theory of the imagination Meghant Sudan
    7. The ground of Hegel's logic of life and the unity of reason: free lawfulness of the imagination Gerad Gentry
    Part III. The Imagination in German Romanticism:
    8. Imagination and interpretation: Herder's concept of Einfühlung Michael N. Forster
    9. Imagination, divination, and understanding: Schleiermacher and the hermeneutics of the second person Kristin Gjesdal
    10. Poetry and imagination in Fichte and the early German romantics: a re-assessment Elizabeth Millán Brusslan
    11. Art, imagination and the interpretation of the age: Hegel and Schlegel on the new status of art and its connection to religion and philosophy Allen Speight.

  • Editors

    Gerad Gentry, Lewis University
    Gerad Gentry is Assistant Professor in Philosophy and Philosophy of Law at Lewis University and Associate Visiting Research Faculty in Germanic Studies at the University of Chicago. He is the editor of the forthcoming volume Kantian Legacies in German Idealism.

    Konstantin Pollok, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
    Konstantin Pollok is Professor of Philosophy at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. His book Kant's Theory of Normativity: Exploring the Space of Reason (Cambridge, 2017) won the 2018 North American Kant Society Book Prize for Senior Scholars.


    Gerad Gentry, Clinton Tolley, Tobias Rosefeldt, Günter Zöller, Keren Gorodeisky, Johannes Haag, Meghant Sudan, Michael N. Forster, Kristin Gjesdal, Elizabeth Millán Brusslan, Allen Speight

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