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Essay on the Creative Imagination

Théodule Ribot (1839-1916)

1. 00 – Translator’s and Author’s Prefaces and Introduction – The Motor Nature of the Constructive Imagination
2. 01 – First Part: Analysis of the Imagination – Chapter 1 – The Intellectual Factor
3. 02 – First Part: Analysis of the Imagination – Chapter 2 – The Emotional Factor
4. 03 – First Part: Analysis of the Imagination – Chapter 3 – The Unconscious Factor
5. 04 – First Part: Analysis of the Imagination – Chapter 4 – The Organic Conditions of the Imagination
6. 05 – First Part: Analysis of the Imagination – Chapter 5 – The Principle of Unity
7. 06 – Second Part: The Development of the Imagination – Chapter 1 – Imagination in Animals
8. 07 – Second Part: The Development of the Imagination – Chapter 2 – Imagination in the Child
9. 08 – Second Part: The Development of the Imagination – Chapter 3 – Primitive Man and the Creation of Myths
10. 09 – Second Part: The Development of the Imagination – Chapter 4 – The Higher Forms of Invention
11. 10 – Second Part: The Development of the Imagination – Chapter 5 – Law of the Development of the Imagination
12. 11 – Third Part: The Principal Types of Imagination – Preliminary
13. 12 – Third Part: The Principal Types of Imagination – Chapter 1 – The Plastic Imagination
14. 13 – Third Part: The Principal Types of Imagination – Chapter 2 – The Diffluent Imagination
15. 14 – Third Part: The Principal Types of Imagination – Chapter 3 – The Mystic Imagination
16. 15 – Third Part: The Principal Types of Imagination – Chapter 4 – The Scientific Imagination
17. 16 – Third Part: The Principal Types of Imagination – Chapter 5 – The Practical and Mechanical Imagination
18. 17 – Third Part: The Principal Types of Imagination – Chapter 6 – The Commercial Imagination
19. 18 – Third Part: The Principal Types of Imagination – Chapter 7- The Utopian Imagination
20. 19 – Conclusion: I – The foundations of the creative imagination
21. 20 – Conclusion: II – The imaginative type
22. 21 – Appendix A – The various forms of inspiration
23. 22 – Appendix B – On the nature of the unconscious factor
24. 23 – Appendix C – Cosmic and human imagination
25. 24 – Appendix D – Evidence in regard to musical imagination
26. 25 – Appendix E – The Imaginative Type and Association of Ideas

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“It is quite generally recognized that psychology has remained in the semi-mythological, semi-scholastic period longer than most attempts at scientific formulization. For a long time it has been the “spook science” per se, and the imagination, now analyzed by M. Ribot in such a masterly manner, has been one of the most persistent, apparently real, though very indefinite, of psychological spooks. Whereas people have been accustomed to speak of the imagination as an entity sui generis, as a lofty something found only in long-haired, wild-eyed “geniuses,” constituting indeed the center of a cult, our author, Prometheus-like, has brought it down from the heavens, and has clearly shown that imagination is a function of mind common to all men in some degree, and that it is shown in as highly developed form in commercial leaders and practical inventors as in the most bizarre of romantic idealists. The only difference is that the manifestation is not the same.” – Albert H. N. Baron, in translator’s preface to Essai sur l’imagination créatrice

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