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Jonathan Erickson

Imagination in the Western Psyche

From Ancient Greece to Modern Neuroscience

Routledge 2019

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Imagination is one of the most important elements of being human, but is most often assumed we know what it is, while rarely being...

Imagination is one of the most important elements of being human, but is most often assumed we know what it is, while rarely being analyzed. Here with me today is Jonathan Erickson to discuss his recent book Imagination in the Western Psyche: From Ancient Greece to Modern Neuroscience (Routledge, 2019). The book looks at various theories of imagination through history, and then looks at what neuroscience can tell us about the functioning of imagination, as well as looking at what the functioning of imagination can tell us about neuroscience.

Jonathan Erickson is a writer and educator, and holds a BA in English literature from UC Berkeley and a PhD in depth psychology from the Pacifica Graduate Institute in California.


Stephen Dozeman is a freelance writer.