The Imaginary

Author(s): Jean-Paul Sartre

Philosophy, Politics & Current Affairs

Translated by Jonathan Webber, with introductions by Arlette Elkaim-Sartre and Jonathan Webber

We may therefore conclude that imagination is not an empirical power added to consciousness but it is the whole of consciousness as it realizes freedom.' Jean Paul Sartre

A cornerstone of Sartre's philosophy. The Imaginary was first published in 1940. Sartre had become acquainted with the philosophy of Edmund Husserl in Berlin and was fascinated by his idea of the intentionality of consciousness' as a key to the puzzle of existence. Against this background. The Imaginary crystailized Sartre's worldview and artistic vision. The book is an extended examination of the concepts of nothingness and freedom both of which are derived from the ability of consciousness to imagine objects both as they are and as they are not - ideas that would drive Sartre's existentialism and entire theory of human freedom.


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Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-80). The foremost French thinker and writer of the early post-war years. His books have exerted enormous influence in philosophy, literature, art and politics.

General Fields

  • : 9780415567848
  • : Routledge
  • : Routledge
  • : 0.317
  • : January 2010
  • : 216mm X 138mm X 18mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Jean-Paul Sartre
  • : Paperback
  • : en
  • : 128.3
  • : 208
  • : Illustrations