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Sartre, Jean-Paul, L’imaginaire, psychologie phenomeno­ logique de l’imagination, Paris, Librairie Gallimard, 1940 [28th ed. translated as The Psychology of the Imagination, Rider, 1951] The well-documented occurrence of precognitive images is fatal to the whole of Sartre’s theory of images, and thus to the whole of his philosophy. This does not make him worthless reading. [Si la conscience imageante d’arbre, par example, n’était consciente qu’au titre d’objet de la réflexion, il en résulterait qu’elle serait, à l’état irréfléchi, inconsciente d’ellemême, ce qui est une contradiction. Elle doit donc, tout en n’ayant d’autre objet que l’arbre en image et en n’étant elle-même objet que pour la réflexion, enfermer une certaine conscience d’elle-même. Nous dirons qu’elle possède d’ellemême une conscience immanente et non-thétique.]72: This mystical device is designed to avoid an unavoidable infinite hierarchy of pre-reflexive consciousnesses. Elaborated in

72.  ‘If the imagining consciousness of a tree, for example, were only conscious as an object of reflexion, the result would be that in the unreflexive state consciousness would be unconscious of itself, which is a contradiction. Therefore, though it has no other object than the tree’s image and is itself an object only for reflexion, it must contain a certain consciousness of itself. We shall say that it has an immanent and non-thetic consciousness of itself.’


Early Writings (Seeking the Path - Ñāṇavīra Thera)  

Part B includes two early essays (Nibbana and Anatta and Sketch for a Proof of Rebirth) as well as notes from a Commonplace Book and Margina...