Smaranda Aldea


My interest in the imagination was spurred years ago while reading Giambattista Vico's New Science – a text where he argues that philosophy begins in and through the imagination (fantasia). After discovering a similar claim in Husserl's Ideas I, decided to pursue this thought further and ask questions such as: What is the imagination? How is the imagination related to perception and judgment? Does imagining entail mental images? Could we imagine something non-spatial or are all of our imaginings bound by previous perceptions? What role, if any, does the imagination play in philosophical thought? How, if at all, does the imagination facilitate the attainment of knowledge of universals?