Imagination in the Western Psyche: From Ancient Greece to Modern Neuroscience offers a comprehensive treatment of the human imagination by integrating the rich discourse on imagination in the humanities with modern neuroscientific research. This book is the first to offer an integrated understanding of imagination from both a humanistic (i.e., historical, philosophical, cultural, depth psychological) and scientific perspective.

The book presents neurobiological accounts that align with prominent theories in Jungian and archetypal psychology and offers a window into the many ways imagination can be understood. It elaborates on the discourse on imagination in Western civilization that goes back thousands of years. Chapters analyze how imagination has been considered throughout history and contrasts a modern neuroscientific approach that looks at imagination by studying its component parts without addressing the phenomenon in all its experiential richness and complexity. By bringing these two approaches together an account of the human imagination emerges that is grounded in scientific rigor without diminishing the fullness of human experience.

This book will appeal to academics, researchers, and post-graduate students in the fields of analytical psychology, depth psychology, Jungian studies, and psychotherapy

part I|1 pages


chapter 1|18 pages

Chasing imagination

chapter 2|17 pages

Measuring the imaginal

part II|2 pages

Imagination as phenomenon

chapter 3|21 pages

A brief history of imagination

From prehistory to the Renaissance

chapter 4|23 pages

Imagination in modernity

From enlightenment to disenchantment

chapter 5|29 pages

Imaginal psychology

part III|2 pages

The neuroscience of imagination

chapter 6|23 pages

Sense and image

chapter 7|20 pages

Time and story

chapter 8|25 pages

Creativity and dream

part IV|1 pages

The imagination of neuroscience

chapter 9|20 pages

Imagination in science

chapter 10|25 pages

Neuroscience as story and myth

chapter 11|10 pages


Facing Proteus