24.262 Feeling and Imagination in Art, Science, and Technology

Spring 2004

Mural: Celebrating Scientific Advances by African Americans.
Celebrating Scientific Advances by African Americans: The Negro's Contribution in the Social and Cultural Development of America: Science by Millard Owen Sheets, 1939. (Image courtesy of the U.S. Department of the Interior.) 

Course Highlights

This course features several video lectures.

Course Description

This course is a seminar on creativity in art, science, and technology. We discuss how these pursuits are jointly dependent on affective as well as cognitive elements in human nature. We study feeling and imagination in relation to principles of idealization, consummation, and the aesthetic values that give meaning to science and technology as well as literature and the other arts. Readings in philosophy, psychology, and literature are part of the course.

Special Features

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .rm.

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Prof. Irving Singer

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
3 hours / session


Undergraduate / Graduate