chapter  1
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Social imaginary, culture and education as an institution

WithStavros Moutsios

Aristotelian thesis emphasises two very important characteristics of human imagination. First, it stresses that imagination consists in an incessant flux of images that takes place beyond visual perception or intention. Sights appear to us even with the eyes closed. Secondly, it posits that imagination in humans, in contrast to animals that possess this faculty, is the condition of thinking. Human imagination allows for thought and decisions about the future in relation to the present. Social imaginary significations do not constitute simply meanings in which the newborn is immersed, but they constitute for a society its very world. Approaching the haecceity of a society is tantamount to approaching its culture. The study of education within and across cultures should take into account that education is a lifelong and life-wide process, to use today's terminology. Namely, education is embedded in the very institution of society; that is it takes place not only in designated institutions but throughout social life.