Coffee and Sartre. || "We may therefore conclude that imagination is not an empirical power added to consciousness, but that it is the whole of consciousness as it realizes freedom." Another work that I'm reading for my thesis is Sartre's The Imaginary: A Phenomenological Psychology of the Imagination (now that's a title). Sartre argues that, if one insists that all consciousness is intentional in nature—as Husserl had done—then one must conclude that even so-called 'images' are not objects 'in the mind' but are ways of relating to items 'in the world' in a properly imaginative manner, that is, by what he calls 'derealizing' them or rendering them 'present-absent.' The ability of consciousness to imagine objects both as they are and as they are not is what underlies Sartre's ideas of freedom and nothingness. Sartre began writing his work on the imagination early on in his career, when he was a young schoolteacher in La Havre in 1934. It was published two years later. 🎨
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