From Imagination to the Parafinite

  • O. Bradley Bassler


In this chapter, I begin with a consideration of the sublime in Kant’s philosophy and Shelley’s poetry. In both cases the sublime is associated with the power of active imagination, but I show that behind the active imagination lies a more fundamental source which I call the parafinite or indefinitely large. In Kant’s philosophy this manifests itself most fundamentally in the notion of egological self-positioning, and in Shelley in the notion of Power. I develop and compare both of these fundamental expressions of the parafinite as grounds for paraphysics, understood in the present context as the visionary critique of metaphysics.


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  • O. Bradley Bassler
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  1. 1.University of GeorgiaAthensUSA

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