The world is increasingly polarized along religious, ethnic, race, gender, class, and ideological lines. According to Richard Kearney, holder of the Charles Seelig Chair of Philosophy at Boston College, the cause of division often lies not in difference but in a lack of creative imagination. He believes poetics and narrative imagination can break the hold of hostility and open new possibilities of reconciliation, accomplishing what moral arguments alone cannot. Imagination Now: A Richard Kearney Reader (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2020), edited by M. E. Littlejohn, is an overview of Kearney’s writings addressing crisis and division and providing pathways of creative response and healing. This book follows Kearney’s journey through the fields of philosophy of the imagination, hermeneutics, philosophy of religion, ethics, psychology, practical philosophy, and politics.
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