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DetailsAlthough productive imagination has played a highly significant role in (post-) Kantian philosophy, there have been very few book-length studies explicitly dedicated to its analysis. In his new book, Saulius Geniusas develops a phenomenology of productive imagination while relying on those resources that we come across in Edmund Husserl’s, Max Scheler’s, Martin Heidegger’s, Ernst Cassirer’s, Miki Kiyoshi’s, Jean-Paul Sartre’s, Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s, and Paul Ricoeur’s writings, while also engaging in present-day philosophical discussions of the imagination. Investigating the relation between imagination and embodiment, affectivity, perception, language, selfhood, and intersubjectivity, the book provides a phenomenological conception of productive imagination, which is committed to basic phenomenological principles and which is sensitive to how productive imagination has been conceptualized in the history of phenomenology. Against such a background, Geniusas develops a new conception of productive imagination: It is a basic modality of intentionality that indirectly shapes the human experience of the world by forming the contours of action, intuition, knowledge, and understanding. It is not so much a blind and indispensable function of the soul, but an art concealed in the body, for it springs out of instincts, drives, desires, and needs. The author demonstrates unexpected ways in which phenomenology of productive imagination enriches our understanding of embodied subjectivity.
About the authorSaulius Geniusas is Professor of Philosophy at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His main philosophical interests lie in Continental philosophy, especially phenomenology and hermeneutics. Geniusas is the author of The Origins of the Horizon in Husserl’s Phenomenology (Springer 2012), The Phenomenology of Pain (Ohio University Press 2020) and What is Pain? Descriptive Psychology, Transcendental Phenomenology and Naturalism (in Lithuanian; Phi knygos 2021). He has also edited a number of books on phenomenology, hermeneutics, comparative philosophy, and philosophy of the imagination, including Stretching the Limits of Productive Imagination (Rowman & Littlefield 2018) and What is Productive Imagination? (co-edited with Dmitri Nikulin; Rowman & Littlefield 2018). His research has been published by the main journals in Continental philosophy, such as Continental Philosophy Review, Research in Phenomenology, Human Studies, Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology. Geniusas has published more than sixty articles in various philosophy journals and anthologies in English, German, and his native Lithuanian. His works have also been translated into French, Spanish, and Polish. Currently, he is one of the editors of the Social Imaginaries book series, published by Rowman & Littlefield.
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Stimmen zum Buch"Productive imagination is a concept that has long deserved a special study. Saulius Geniusas traces its importance from Kant and Husserl through 20th century German and French phenomenology. With sweeping scholarship and penetrating analysis, Geniusas opens our eyes to the nature of productive imagination and its relation to embodiment, language, and subjectivity."—David Carr, Professor Emeritus, Emory University
"Saulius Geniusas' book offers a radically new investigation of the vital relationship between imagination and the body. The writing is clear, persuasive, and extensive in its scholarly range. An important study of indispensable drives of human creativity."—Richard Kearney, Charles Seelig Professor in Philosophy, Boston College