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4. Everywhere chaos reigns

Final piece in a four-part series exploring the shifting images of creativity in the history of western thought. Follow the links for part one, part two, and part three. Maslow’s image of ‘integrated creativity’ can be seen as an attempt to resolve the same tension in the Romantic image of creativity that poets long strove to […]

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Full colour visions

Parmenides, who is often referred to as the father of metaphysics, steadfastly believed in a colourless reality. He denied that things in the world are coloured, let alone change colour. In his poem On Nature, the Eleatic adjudges those who believe otherwise to be victims of a falsehood or ‘naming error’, borne out of an […]

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2. “Nature is imagination itself”

Part two in a four-part series exploring the shifting images of creativity in the history of western thought. Click here for part one. It wasn’t until the Enlightenment that the idea of self-originating novelty gained wider acceptance, when in the wake of Immanuel Kant’s idealist philosophy, the Romantics granted creative imagination a pivotal life of […]

1. The threads of fatalism

In philosophy, the imagination has traditionally been likened to a faculty or agent, but these metaphors fail to capture the pure activity of imagination, which is the simple generation of images. The imagination is perfectly indistinguishable from the movement of images ‘within’ it. Instead of asking what the imagination is, then, we should ask what […]

2. Hymn to Iacchus

The date on which the Rites of Eleusis began is as uncertain as the name of their founder, but we do know that they were observed annually from around 1450 BCE to 390 CE, and were broken into two events that occurred at different times of the year. The so-called Lesser Mysteries took place in […]

1. The Mystery Religions in Greek Antiquity

Being self-conscious humans, we don’t just think; we think we think. We reflect upon our thinking by manipulating symbol systems, which ground our ability to reason. Whether this reasoning ability discloses the ‘true’ state of affairs in the world is a question best left unanswered, since to ask it at all involves the presupposition that […]