The Imaginary: A Phenomenological Psychology of the Imagination, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Imaginary

A Phenomenological Psychology of the Imagination, 1st Edition

By Jean-Paul Sartre


240 pages

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Paperback: 9780415567848
pub: 2010-03-12
Hardback: 9781138834484
pub: 2015-07-20

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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.

About the Author

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.

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Routledge Classics

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Movements / Phenomenology