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Imagination
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It was Paracelsus who turned to the Latin imaginatio (which he translated to German as Einbildungskraft, literally “power of fancy”) for a term distinct from the traditional “fantasy” (Greek phantasía). In its most general sense, imagination denotes the ability to reproduce the conceptual content of something that is absent and to gene…

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Dürbeck, Gabriele, “Imagination”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 21 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_018614>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915



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