When we hear the word “imagination,” what do we think?
Mostly we tend to see the imagination as a substitute for reality, as a form of wishful thinking, a pleasant alternative to the hard facts of life. Or we see it as a means of developing novel ideas, of being on the “cutting edge” of technology, a way of making things “bigger and better.” But this is not the only way to understand the imagination. For poets and scholars like Kathleen Raine, Henry Corbin, Owen Barfield, and others, the imagination is not a substitute for reality, but a way of grasping its essence. For them, imagination isn’t a form of “make believe,” but a faculty of cognition, a way of knowing things that would otherwise remain unknown. This knowledge was accessible at an earlier time, but in recent centuries it has been marginalized, if not vigorously rejected, by our emphasis on “hard,” scientific thinking.
My talk will look at the imagination as a faculty for grasping the invisible realities that surround us and at the tradition of knowledge rooted in it – a knowledge that, if lost, can still be recovered.
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