In Husserl’s account of imagination the focus is on Phantasie (Aristotle) rather than Einbildungskraft (Kant). In his Göttingen lectures 1904/05, Husserl characterises phantasy as consciousness of what is not present [Nichtgegenwärtigkeits-Bewusstsein], as re-presentation or representification [Vergegenwärtigung]. He divides presentations into conceptual and intuitive. The latter is further divided into intuitive presentations in which the presented object itself appears (perception), and intuitive re-presentations in which the image of the presented object appears (phantasy, image consciousness, memory, expectation). Thus, his early theory states that phantasy is an image presentation, it has the form of image consciousness. Later he moved to the parallelism between phantasy and perception saying that phantasy appearance relates to its object just as straightforwardly as perception does. In Ideas I Husserl identifies phantasy as neutrality-modification of positing presentations. Husserl's thoughts on art and aesthetics are mostly written in the context of his theory of phantasy and image consciousness.
|Key works||Husserl 2005 is the main source for Husserl's account of phantasy, image consciousness and memory; it also includes the comparison between image consciousenss and symbolic consciousness, writings on aesthetic consciousenss, and the examples of painting, photography and theatrical performance. Jansen 2005 traces the development of Husserl’s account of phantasy from the early interpretation of phantasy as image presentation to the later comparison with perception. Sallis 1992 explains Husserl's theory of imagination in the context of the metaphysics of presence. Brough 1992 explains Husserl’s theory of depictive image consciousness and art. Ferencz-Flatz 2009 discusses the concept of neutrality in relation to phantasy, image consicousness and aesthetic attitude. Husserl 2009 states the similarity between the phenomenological attitude and the aesthetic attitude.|
|Introductions||Marbach 1980, Brough 2005, Marbach 2012|
- Husserl: Consciousness (680)
- Husserl: Intentionality (1,065)
- Husserl: Intersubjectivity (430)
- Husserl: The Self (264 | 6)
- Husserl: Perception (330)
- Husserl: Embodiment and Action (248)
- Husserl: Phenomenology (1,751 | 294)
- Husserl: Emotions and Feelings (26)
- Husserl: Philosophy of Mind, Misc (461)
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