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The Critical Imagination$
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James Grant

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199661794

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661794.001.0001

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Criticism and Imagination

Criticism and Imagination

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The Critical Imagination

James Grant

Oxford University Press

This chapter explains what the role of imaginativeness in criticism is. Although the view that imaginativeness has a significant role in criticism has a long history, many philosophers today are unlikely to be familiar with this history. This chapter therefore begins with a short overview of the history of this idea, outlining the views of Hume, Kant, Oscar Wilde, and others, on how criticism or appreciation is related to imagination and metaphor. There follows a new account of what imaginativeness is. The chapter concludes with a claim about what its role in criticism is, based on the accounts of criticism and imaginativeness already provided.

Keywords:   imaginativeness, imagination, creativity, perceptiveness, intellectual virtues, epistemic virtue, art criticism, literary criticism, addison, hume, kant, oscar wilde, critic as artist, pater, scruton

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