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1. Concept and approaches of scholarship

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 generate ne…

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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 08 December 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_018614>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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