Imagining the Real

Essays on Politics, Ideology and Literature

  • Robert Grant

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
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    Pages 37-53
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  11. Back Matter
    Pages 188-248

About this book


Throughout its ten related essays, Imagining the Real contrasts our abstract imaginings about the human world with the imaginative insights provided by art and experience. It questions, variously, the relevance of game theory and sociobiology to politics; the supposed intrinsic values of liberal freedom, cultural change, and democratic action; and the claims of Marxism, deconstruction and 'Theory' generally to be non-ideological. More positively, it reinterprets fiction as a specific invitation to imagine, and celebrates Shakespeare, L.H. Myers and Beckett as truly critical, because truly imaginative, exponents of ideas.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Robert Grant
    • 1
  1. 1.University of GlasgowUK

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