“Human Creativity According to the Being” and Narrative Ethics: An Actualization of Aristotle’s Account of Imagination

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Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 110)

Abstract

In the first part of the chapter, a couple of textual references from Aristotle’s De Anima will be provided. According to the definition of imagination that can be found in Book Γ, imagination is not a sensation, but it is allowed due to sensation. In the second part of the chapter it will be shown that imagination has an intentional structure which can be assimilated to the teleological constitution of human condition. From this point of view, Aristotle’s account of imagination has an intrinsically teleological structure: it can create either new events or new meanings only starting from the concrete limits of human condition. In the third part, it will be pointed out that, according to its hybrid nature, imagination, as a faculty, cannot be reduced neither to the plain reproduction of the existing order, nor to the radical invention of brand new features of human beings. In this being situated, the ontological quality of imagination can be discovered, or rediscovered. Human creativity (in the sense of creation according to the being) can be reached also through the innovative power of imagination. It is not a creation ex nihilo, but, rather, a way to project actions in order to testify a sense of the being itself. As a conclusion, an actualization of the theory of imagination as the condition of possibility of the contemporary revival of narrative ethics will be provided.

Keywords

Moral Judgment Life Story Moral Imagination Human Creativity Narrative Identity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of MacerataMacerataItaly

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