Fair in FairISBN|0674175727 jacket. 0674175727 1981 second printing Harvard University Press (Cambridge, Massachusetts), 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches tall pale green cloth hardbound in publisher's unclipped dust jacket, red lettering to spine, xix, 416 pp. Moderate bumping to lower tips of book. Slight rubbing and edgewear to covers. Moderate pencil underlining and marginal notation to the first two-thirds of the book and its associated endnotes. Otherwise, an excellent reading / reference copy of this scarce work in a moderately chipped and edgeworn dust jacket which is nicely preserved and displayed in a clear archival Brodart sleeve. Due to the weight of the book, additional postage will be required for standard international orders. ~SP23~ In a work of astonishing intellectual range, James Engell traces the evolution of the creative imagination, from its emergence in British empirical thought through its flowering in Romantic art and literature. The notion of a creative imagination, Engell shows, was the most powerful and important development of the eighteenth century. It grew simultaneously in literature, criticism, philosophy, psychology, religion, and science, attracting such diverse minds as Hobbes, Addison, Gerard, Goethe, Kant, and Coleridge. Indeed, rather than discussing merely the abstract notion of the imagination, Engell examines the community of thinkers, especially in England and Germany, who joined to pursue and develop what became the most fascinating and suggestive concept of modern Western thought. For as the imagination became the dominant subject of literature, its meanings multiplied. Finally it came to be seen as the crown of artistic creation and as the mediator in the ongoing dialectic between matter and spirit, materialism and transcendentalism. Contents: pt. 1. Probing the source: The essential idea; Empiricism in earnest: Hobbes and Locke; Claims of the spirit: Shaftesbury and Leibniz; The creative impulse: Addison through Akenside and the 1740s; The inner structure of life: Hume and Johnson; pt. 2. A broader stage: New aesthetics and criticism: the Associationists and the Scots; Investigators of genius: Gerard and Duff; pt. 3. The German foundation: Shadows a century long; The new focus of literature and myth; The great metamorphosis: Tetens and Kant; pt. 4. The psyche reaches out: sympathy; The psyche reaches out: coalescence and the chemistry of the mind; Distinctions between fancy and imagination; A plateau in Britain and developments in America; Organic sensibility: Hazlitt; pt. 5. Literary explorations: The new philosopher's stone and the new Pierian spring; The prophetic and visionary: Blake and Shelley; Wordsworth; Goethe and Keats; pt. 6. Harmony of being: Schelling; Coleridge.
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