The edited volume Imagination and Art: Explorations in Contemporary Theory by Keith Moser and Ananta Charana Sukla presents a collection of essays by an international collective of scholars around a complex set of philosophical questions related to aesthetic, scientific, and semiotic manifestations of the human imagination as a fundamental and integral function of social and cultural systems. The more than eight-hundred-page volume comprises thirty-eight individual essays organized into nine distinct subsections, all of which relate through detailed and rigorous analyses of contemporary theoretical perspectives and discourses of the imagination.

Beginning with a historical query into the philosophical origins of the imagination as a concept, the first three essays set the stage for the subsequent sections by elaborating and questioning the emergence of a Western epistemological tradition rooted in Ancient Greece. Allen Speight’s essay, “Historical Imagination and the Narrative of Loss” (67–81) calls into question the nature of historicism by interrogating...

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