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[Xmca-l] Re: Hegel's imagination



Larry,

My feeble mind is having difficulty wrapping itself around the intricate
ideas you've expressed here. Please forgive me for focusing on just one of
these issues in an effort to achieve some clarity.

What I find particularly stimulating in this discussion about imagination
is the relation between the movement of thought and the movement of speech.
LSV describes this as the relation between the *psychological subject and
predicate* and the *linguistic subject and predicate*. As I understand it,
the movement from subject to predicate that is shared by both thought and
conversation is the movement from *topic* to *comment*. Although this
movement presumably exists at every stage in the development of verbal
thinking (word; phrase; sentence; narrative), my own research concentrates
on the transition from thinking in sentences to thinking in narratives. One
of the more interesting empirical findings I'm trying to understand and
explain is the transition (in children's *private speech* conversations)
from *fantasy* narratives to *problem-solving* narratives. That's why I was
particularly struck by the following passage from Hegel:

*Ordinary social conversation mostly rambles on from one idea to another in
a very external and contingent manner. It is only when the conversation has
a definite aim that it acquires a firmer coherence.*

Insofar as everyday conversation requires speakers to take their listeners'
perspective(s) into account (and listeners to takes the speaker's
perspective into account), the role of imagination is crucial. It is
critical to perspective-taking. What part the movement from topic to
comment plays in the process of imagining another person's perspective is
complicated and intriguing. But one that I believe can be examined
empirically.

Peter


On Tue, Dec 8, 2015 at 10:22 AM, Lplarry <lpscholar2@gmail.com> wrote:

> Peter as we become aware of the movement of the imaginal (and in
> particular the movement to imagine the imaginal as representational)
> Piaget was also profoundly in debt to Kant.
>
> Dewey, stepping back from Hegel   reflected on how Hegel imagined the
> workings of reason (through) history. Reason is (operative) AS contributing
> to more stable and understandable (structures).
> In dewey's own words outlining hegel's historical imaginal:
>
> (in intellectual and practical effect the IDEA of process ABOVE that of
> fixed origins and fixed ends, and PRESENTED the social and moral ORDER as
> well as the intellectual AS a (scene) of becoming ....)
>
> Becoming aware of the movement of the imaginal including towards
> impressive systematic, structural reason that becomes points of departure
> for representational presentations.
>
> I hope these fragments honour the movement of the representational
> including the structural, ordered, and systematic. I am suggesting they do
> (reveal) the movement of the imaginal. However, I notice how the imaginal
> does not come to rest in the images and ideas of models, structure, order,
> and systems of representation.
> There is a restless quality that sees this movement as a seeing (through)
> by stepping back from the structures, orders, and models.
> Acknowledging the necessity of structures and systems as the way the
> imaginal is (revealed) through time.
> However, not residing in these necessary structures and systems which
> reveal the way/movement of the imaginal.
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: "Peter Feigenbaum [Staff]" <pfeigenbaum@fordham.edu>
> Sent: ‎2015-‎12-‎08 6:32 AM
> To: "ablunden@mira.net" <ablunden@mira.net>; "eXtended Mind, Culture,
> Activity" <xmca-l@mailman.ucsd.edu>
> Subject: [Xmca-l] Re: Hegel's imagination
>
> Andy,
>
> What an amazing excerpt!  From this one passage alone I can see the strong
> influence that Hegel had upon Piaget.
>
> Thanks for bringing this section of The Subjective Spirit to attention.
> It's chock-full of interesting thoughts.
>
> Peter
>
> On Mon, Dec 7, 2015 at 11:53 PM, Andy Blunden <ablunden@mira.net> wrote:
>
> >
> >
> https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/hegel/works/sp/suspirit.htm#SU455
> > Andy
> > ------------------------------------------------------------
> > *Andy Blunden*
> > http://home.pacific.net.au/~andy/
> > On 8/12/2015 3:47 PM, Annalisa Aguilar wrote:
> >
> >> Hi Andy,
> >>
> >>
> >> Would you post a link reference to texts where Hegel discusses
> >> imagination?
> >>
> >>
> >> Thanks,
> >>
> >>
> >> Annalisa
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >
>
>
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