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In its primary sense, the imagination (Lat. imaginari, “picture to oneself”) is the power to form mental images, or “likenesses,” of the objects that appear in the external world. Its function is to reproduce or represent these objects, even when they are not immediately present to the senses. Imagination complements perception by presenting to the rational faculty the images originating in the senses. It is thus a kind of bridge between the world of the senses and the world of conceptual thought.

A secondary power of the imagination is its ability to fantasize, that is, to …

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Walhout, Clarence, “Imagination”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 08 December 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_I74>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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