Helvetissä ja paratiisissa. Mielikuvituksesta keskiajalla

Imagining Hell and Paradise. Imagination in the Middle Ages

The idea of the imaginative faculty as a source of the human being's creative power is accepted and used these days without any further qualification. However, the general assessment of the idea of human imagination in the Middle Ages was something else than in our time and the suggestion of a particular human creative faculty rooted in human imagination would have counted almost as a contradiction in terms. Therefore, some scholars have argued that the basic antipathy towards imagination was the official verdict of medieval philosophy. The aim of this article is to demonstrate that it is still possible to trace a many-sided and original approach towards imagination as well among the medieval writers. Consequently, the concept of imagination will be examined in Richard of St. Victor's (d. 1173) and Avicenna's (d. 1037) theories of imagining heaven and hell.

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