Mellon Research Fellow
Ph.D., Emory University, 2012
310 Thornton, Fall term
Office Hours: By Appointment
Smaranda Aldea completed her Ph.D. in 2012 at Emory University with a dissertation on the import of the imagination (Phantasie) for Edmund Husserl's phenomenological method of inquiry. Her interest in the imagination was spurred years ago while reading Giambattista Vico's New Science – a text where he argues that philosophy begins in and through the imagination (fantasia). After discovering a similar claim in Husserl's Ideas I, she decided to pursue this thought further and ask questions such as: What is the imagination? How is the imagination related to perception and judgment? Does imagining entail mental images? Could we imagine something non-spatial or are all of our imaginings bound by previous perceptions? What role, if any, does the imagination play in philosophical thought? How, if at all, does the imagination facilitate the attainment of knowledge of universals?
While her work on the imagination is firmly grounded in the phenomenological tradition and deeply informed by the history of philosophy (esp. Ancient and Early Modern philosophy), her interests span across field-specific boundaries. The research project she will be focusing on while at Dartmouth will examine the role played by the imagination in inquiring thought broadly construed, hypothetical and experimental thought, as well as idealizing processes such as mathematical abstraction.
Phil 17 (12) Phenomenology and Existentialism
Phil 50 (10) Special Topics: Husserl and Frege: Exploring the Analytic-Continental Divide
Last Updated: 10/16/13