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The Iconic Imagination
Author: Douglas Hedley

Product Details:
ISBN: 9781441194633
Format: Paperback / softback
Pages: 320
Dims (mm): 152 x 226
Pub Date: 07-04-16
Pub Country: United States
Condition: NEW

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Is it merely an accident of English etymology that 'imagination' is cognate with 'image'? Despite the iconoclasm shared to a greater or lesser extent by all Abrahamic faiths, theism tends to assert a link between beauty, goodness and truth, all of which are viewed as Divine attributes. Douglas Hedley argues that religious ideas can be presented in a sensory form, especially in aesthetic works. Drawing explicitly on a Platonic metaphysics of the image as a bearer of transcendence, "The Iconic Imagination" shows the singular capacity and power of images to represent the transcendent in the traditions of Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Islam. In opposition to cold abstraction and narrow asceticism, Hedley shows that the image furnishes a vision of the eternal through the visible and temporal.

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