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References and further reading

None of these works is very technical. Russow and Strawson are recommended as introductory pieces.

  • Aristotle (c. 360s–320s) On the Soul and On Dreams, in (ed.) R. McKeon The Basic Works of Aristotle, New York: Random House, 1941, 535–603 and 618–625.

    (Mentioned in §3.)

  • Brann, E. (1991) The World of Imagination, Lanham, MA: Rowman & Littlefield.

    (An encyclopedic and cross-disciplinary study of our image-making ability.)

  • Casey, E. (1976) Imagining: A Phenomenological Study, Bloomington IN: University of Indiana Press.

    (A prominent philosopher of imagination in the phenomenological tradition.)

  • Hume, D. (1739–40) A Treatise on Human Nature, ed. L.A. Selby-Bigge. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1978.

    (Discussed in §4 and 5. See especially book I, part I and book I, part IV, §2.)

  • Johnson, M. (1985) ‘Imagination in Moral Judgment’, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 46: 265–280.

    (Explores a topic mentioned in §5.)

  • Kant, I. (1787) Critique of Pure Reason, trans. N. Kemp Smith, London: Macmillan, 1929.

    (Discussed in §4, mentioned in §5. See especially ‘Transcendental Deduction of the Pure Concepts of Understanding’.)

  • Kant, I. (1790) Critique of Judgment, trans. J. C. Meredith, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1952.

    (Discussed in 4. Contains discussion of aesthetic deployment of imagination.)

  • Mill, J.S. (1843) A System of Logic in The Collected Works of J.S. Mill, vol. 7, book II, ch.5.

    (Mentioned in §5.)

  • Russow, L. (1978) ‘Some Recent Work on Imagination’, American Philosophical Quarterly 15: 57–66.

    (Useful survey and bibliography.)

  • Ryle, G. (1949) The Concept of Mind, New York: Barnes and Noble, ch. 8.

    (Discussed in §2.)

  • Sartre, J.-P. (1948) The Psychology of Imagination, New York: Philosophical Library.

    (Discussed in §3.)

  • Strawson, P.F. (1970) ‘Imagination and Perception’ in L. Foster and J.W. Swanson (eds) Experience and Theory, 31–54.

    (Contains excellent discussion of Hume and Kant.)

  • Warnock, M. (1976) Imagination, London: Faber & Faber.

    (Useful history of the concept of imagination from Hume to the twentieth century, aimed at bringing out the importance for education of cultivating the imagination.)

  • Wittgenstein. L. (1953) Philosophical Investigations, trans. E. Anscombe, Oxford: Blackwell.

    (Mentioned in §3. A lot of suggestive and much-discussed material on imagination.)

Citing this article:
O'Leary-Hawthorne, J.. Bibliography. Imagination, 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-V017-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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