International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy

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Imagination and social perspectives

Approaches from phenomenology and psychopathology

edited byMichela Summa(Wurzburg University)Thomas Fuchs(Heidelberg University)Luca Vanzago


Our experience of other individuals as minded beings goes hand in hand with the awareness that they have a unique epistemic and emotional perspective on the experienced objects and situations. The same object can be seen from many different points of view, an event can awaken different emotional reactions in different individuals, and our position-takings can in part be mediated by our belonging to some social or cultural groups. All these phenomena can be described by referring to the metaphor of perspective. Assuming that there are different, and irreducible, perspectives we can take on the experienced world, and on others as experiencing the same world, the phenomenon of mutual understanding can consistently be understood in terms of perspectival flexibility. This edited volume investigates the different processes in which perspectival flexibility occurs in social life and particularly focuses on the constitutive role of imagination in such processes. It includes original works in philosophy and psychopathology showing how perspectival flexibility and social cognition are grounded on the interplay of direct perception and imagination.

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Publication details

Publisher: Routledge

Place: London

Year: 2017

Pages: 358

Series: Routledge Research in Phenomenology

ISBN (hardback): 9781138221000

Full citation:

Summa Michela, Fuchs Thomas, Vanzago Luca (2017). Imagination and social perspectives: Approaches from phenomenology and psychopathology, Routledge, London.