Logic of Imagination

Logic of Imagination

The Expanse of the Elemental
John Sallis
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 07/20/2012
Format: Hardback 8 color illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-00589-2
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The Shakespearean image of a tempest and its aftermath forms the beginning as well as a major guiding thread of Logic of Imagination. Moving beyond the horizons of his earlier work, Force of Imagination, John Sallis sets out to unsettle the traditional conception of logic, to mark its limits, and, beyond these limits, to launch another, exorbitant logic—a logic of imagination. Drawing on a vast range of sources, including Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, and Freud, as well as developments in modern logic and modern mathematics, Sallis shows how a logic of imagination can disclose the most elemental dimensions of nature and of human existence and how, through dialogue with contemporary astrophysics, it can reopen the project of a philosophical cosmology.

Author Bio

John Sallis is Frederick J. Adelmann Professor of Philosophy at Boston College. He is author of Force of Imagination (IUP, 2000), On Translation (IUP, 2002), and Topographies (IUP, 2006).


“John Sallis takes the storms and stirrings of the human imagination as a means to grapple with questions of existence, modern science, and the expansion of the universe. He provokes new readings of Plato, Aristotle, Shakespeare, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, and Heidegger as he contemplates the unimaginable,”

“'Logic of Imagination' has the force of a systematic work that ranges from the storms of the imagination that we find on the first page all the way up to the hypermonstrous meaning of dark matter and the event horizon. A work of great expanse, it charts the way the imagination opens up the unimaginable, perhaps even unthinkable, character of our place in the cosmos. It is as if the first cosmologists were to write in light of what contemporary science has brought us to understand.”
 — Dennis J. Schmidt, The Pennsylvania State University

“Mature, poetic, erudite, fantastical -- John Sallis' new book is a concrescence of all these, appropriately so, given the characterization therein of imagination as a gathering force which allows the simultaneity of disparates and eludes the logic of non-contradiction. ”
 — Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

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Table of Contents

1. The Logic of Contradiction
2. Formal Logic and Beyond
3. Exorbitant Logics
4. The Look of Things
5. Schematism
6. Proper Elementals
7. Elemental Cosmology