Image and Imagination


    Between actual and potential, concrete and abstract, material and virtual, the realm of images is essentially open to be said in many ways. In the manifold historical and terminological vicissitudes of their development, the concepts of image and imagination are characterized by an irreducibly middle position between different plans and an internal tendency to reference, relationship, connections with other agencies.

    Philosophical perspectives that are concerned with this field involve issues belonging to epistemology, ontology, ethics, aesthetics, psycology. From the wonderful visions of Plato’s cave to Aristotle’s concept of mimesis, from Descartes’, Hume’s, Hobbe’s modern approaches to classical German philosophy’s Einbildungskraft, from phenomenology to Gestalt psychology, issues that are raised by thought in and through images are always relevant ones.

    Our interests focus on this boundary field between reality and illusion, truth and appearance, within which infinite possibilities are offered to a research dealing with the relationship between truth and language, perception and reality, time and history, beauty and art, action and morality.