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The Imaginary

A Phenomenological Psychology of the Imagination

By Jean-Paul Sartre

Routledge – 2010 – 240 pages

Series: Routledge Classics

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A cornerstone of Sartre’s philosophy, The Imaginary was first published in 1940. Sartre had become acquainted with the philosophy of Edmund Husserl in Berlin and was fascinated by his idea of the 'intentionality of consciousness' as a key to the puzzle of existence. Against this background, The Imaginary crystallized Sartre's worldview and artistic vision. The book is an extended examination of the concepts of nothingness and freedom, both of which are derived from the ability of consciousness to imagine objects both as they are and as they are not – ideas that would drive Sartre's existentialism and entire theory of human freedom.

Author Bio

Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-80). The foremost French thinker and writer of the early post-war years. His books have exerted enormous influence in philosophy, literature, art and politics.

Name: The Imaginary: A Phenomenological Psychology of the Imagination (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: By Jean-Paul Sartre. A cornerstone of Sartre’s philosophy, The Imaginary was first published in 1940. Sartre had become acquainted with the philosophy of Edmund Husserl in Berlin and was fascinated by his idea of the 'intentionality of...
Categories: Sartre, Phenomenology, Philosophy of Mind, Continental Philosophy, Existentialism