Sartreâs theory of the imagination is important both as an alternative to the idea that the imagination consists of images contained somehow in the mind â the âillusion of immanenceâ â and as an early formulation of Sartreâs conception of consciousness. In this paper I defend Sartreâs theory of imaginative consciousness against some of its critics. I show how difficulties with his theory parallel a perennial problem in Sartre-interpretation, that of understanding how consciousness can negate its past and posit possibilities beyond the facticity of its situation. In this short essay I will not provide a detailed exposition of Sartreâs theory of the imagination. Rather, I provide the basis of an interpretation of this theory that emphasizes the role that the past plays in imaginative consciousness. KEYWORDS: Sartre, Imagination, Temporality, Analogon, Past, Casey, Ricoeur, Kearney Sartreâs theory of the imagination, found in The Imaginary, is important both as an alternative to the idea that the imagination consists of images contained somehow in the mind â the âillusion of immanenceâ â and as an early formulation of Sartreâs conception of consciousness. In this paper, I will defend Sartreâs theory of imaginative consciousness. The main target for most of the
Sartre Studies International – Berghahn Books
Published: Jan 1, 2011
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