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Essay on the Creative Imagination

Essay on the Creative Imagination by Théodule Ribot
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“It is quite generally recognized that psychology has remained in the semi-mythological, semi-scholastic period longer than most attempts at scientific formulization. For a long time it has been the “spook science” per se, and the imagination, now analyzed by M. Ribot in such a masterly manner, has been one of the most persistent, apparently real, though very indefinite, of psychological spooks. Whereas people have been accustomed to speak of the imagination as an entity sui generis, as a lofty something found only in long-haired, wild-eyed “geniuses,” constituting indeed the center of a cult, our author, Prometheus-like, has brought it down from the heavens, and has clearly shown that imagination is a function of mind common to all men in some degree, and that it is shown in as highly developed form in commercial leaders and practical inventors as in the most bizarre of romantic idealists. The only difference is that the manifestation is not the same.” – Albert H. N. Baron, in translator’s preface to Essai sur l’imagination créatrice

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Transcriber's Note: Obvious typographical errors have been corrected in this text. For a complete list, please see the bottom of this document. The children's letters on page 108 have been reproduced in this text as diagrams.

ESSAY ON THE CREATIVE IMAGINATION

BY

TH. RIBOT

TRANSLATED FROM THE FRENCH

BY

ALBERT H. N. BARON FELLOW IN CLARK UNIVERSITY

LONDON KEGAN PAUL, TRENCH, TRÜBNER & CO., LTD. 1906

COPYRIGHT BY THE OPEN COURT PUBLISHING CO. CHICAGO, U. S. A. 1906 All rights reserved.

TO THE MEMORY OF MY TEACHER AND FRIEND,

Arthur Allin, Ph. D.,

PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY AND EDUCATION, UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO,

WHO FIRST INTERESTED ME IN THE PROBLEMS OF PSYCHOLOGY, THIS BOOK IS DEDICATED, WITH REVERENCE AND GRATITUDE, BY

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February 17, 2015
This sort of book needs read slowly and thoughtfully; it is read so fast that there isn't a chance for anything to sink in.


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