Single Idea 17260

[catalogued under 15. Nature of Minds / C. Capacities of Minds / 2. Imagination]

Full Idea

Imagination is nothing else but sense decaying or weakened by the absence of the object.

Gist of Idea

Imagination is just weakened sensation


Thomas Hobbes (De Corpore (Elements, First Section) [1655], 4.25.07)

Book Reference

Hobbes,Thomas: 'Metaphysical Writings', ed/tr. Calkins,Mary Whiton [Open Court 1905], p.121

A Reaction

This sounds more like memory than imagination. He needs to say something about unusual combinations of memories, I would have thought.