Speaking of Imagination
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The subject is a neglected child in the domain of philosophical analysis: the notion of the imagination. In other words, subjective imagination is the only way to represent a conscious being, a subject of experience, as such. As the practice of subjective imagination is confined to actions and states with experiential content, so the exercise of objective imagination is restricted to the representation of objects with visual, auditory, or otherwise sensory aspects. As the limits of subjective experience are the limits of subjective imagination, so the domain of objective imagination exhausts the world of possible experience. Common experience further shows that vivid imaginings are able to produce the same psychological, or even physiological reactions as their real counterparts. Philosophers themselves may disagree, and offer alternatives. The analysis of such key concepts, which are not the products of science but precede it, is the philosopher’s task.