Feeling and Imagination in Art, Science, and Technology


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This course is a seminar on creativity in art, science, and technology. We discuss how these pursuits are jointly dependent on affective as well as cognitive elements in human nature. We study feeling and imagination in relation to principles of idealization, consummation, and the aesthetic values that give meaning to science and technology as well as literature and the other arts. Readings in philosophy, psychology, and literature are part of the course.

Over 8 hours of video.

4 sessions.


Irving Singer is a professor of philosophy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of books on various topics, including cinema, love, sexuality, and the philosophy of George Santayana. He has written about the work of film directors Ingmar Bergman, Alfred Hitchcock, Jean Renoir, and Orson Welles. Singer has been publishing on philosophy since 1951.


Feeling and Imagination in Art, Science, and Technology by Prof. Irving Singer is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
Based on a work at http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/linguistics-and-philosophy/24-262-feeling-and-imagination-in-art-science-and-technology-spring-2004.

Course content

  • Session 1

  • Session 2

  • Session 3

  • Session 4

  • Readings

  • Assignments

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