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Image, Imagination, and Cognition

Image, Imagination, and Cognition

Medieval and Early Modern Theory and Practice

About the book

How were the relations among image, imagination and cognition characterized in the period 1500 – 1800.The authors of this volume argue that in those three centuries, a thoroughgoing transformation affected the following issues: (i) what it meant to understand phenomena in the natural world (cognition); (ii) how such phenomena were visualized or pictured (images, including novel types of diagrams, structural models, maps, etc.); and (iii) what role was attributed to the faculty of the imagination (psychology, creativity). The essays collected in this volume examine the new conceptions that were advanced and the novel ways of comprehending and expressing the relations among image, imagination, and cognition. They also shed light, from a variety of perspectives, on the elusive nexus of conceptions and practices.

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Abouth the authors

Claudia Swan (PhD Columbia University) studies and teaches northern European visual culture 1400-1700, art and science, the history of collecting, the history of the imagination, and the Global Baroque. She has edited and authored five books and has published numerous articles and book chapters on early modern art, science, and collecting and on Dutch visual culture.

Professor Bakker is Professor History of Philosophy at Radboud Universiy. He is particularly interested in themes from the philosophy of mind: the relation between body and soul, the theories on knowledge and perception, and freedom of will. His other field of interest is the development of psychology as a separate scientific discipline from philosophy.