The dialectic between reason and imagination forms a key element in Romantic and post- Romantic philosophy, science, literature, and art. Inventions of the Imagination explores the diverse theories and assessments of this dialectic in essays by philosophers and literary and cultural critics. By the end of the eighteenth century, reason as the predominant human faculty had run its course, and imagination emerged as another force whose contributions to human intellectual existence and productivity had to be newly calculated and constantly recalibrated. The attempt to establish a universal form of reason alongside a plurality of imaginative capacities describes the ideological program of modernism from the end of the eighteenth century to the present day. This collection chronicles some of the vicissitudes in the conceptualization and evaluation of the imagination across time and in various disciplines.
Richard T. Gray is the Byron W. and Alice L. Lockwood professor of Germanics at the University of Washington. Nicholas Halmi is University Lecturer in English Literature of the Romantic Period at the University College, Oxford. Gary J. Handwerk is professor of English and comparative literature at the University of Washington. Michael A. Rosenthal is associate professor of philosophy at the University of Washington. Klaus Vieweg is professor of philosophy at Friedrich Shiller University.
Introduction / Richard T. Gray 1. Imagination on the Move / Wolfgang Welsch2. The Poetics of Nature: Literature and Constructive Imagination in the History of Geology / Georg Braungart3. Between Imagination and Reason: Kant and Spinoza on Fictions / Beth Lord4. Herder on Interpretation and Imagination / Michael N. Forster5. William Blake: Imagination, Vision, Inspiration, Intellect / Hazard Adams6. Imaginative Power as Prerequisite for an Aesthetics of Freedom in Friedrich Schiller's Works / Wilhelm Voskamp7. The Gentle Force over Pictures: Hegel's Philosophical Conception of the Imagination / Klaus Vieweg8. The Status of Literature in Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit: On the Lives of Concepts / Robert B. Pippin9. Difficult Freedom: Hegel's Symbolic Art and Schelling's Historiography in The Ages of the World (1815) / Tilottama Rajan10. From Art to History: Schelling's Modern Mythology and the Coming Community / Richard Block11. "To impose is not to discover": A Romantic-Modernist Continuity in Contradiction / Christoph Bode Biographies of Editors and Contributors Index