Michael Raiger on Imagination as a Cognitive Power

Michael Raiger, "Cocteau, Opium, and Art: A Coleridgean Account of the Imagination as a Cognitive Power," in A Piercing Light: Beauty, Faith, and Human Transcendence, ed. James Jacobs (Washington, DC: Catholic University Press, 2015), 112-28.

The paper was originally given at the 2012 meeting of the American Maritain Association in Philadelphia, PA in October, 2012. The essay applies a Coleridgean account of the Imagination in aesthetic production to illuminate a series of letters between the French avant-garde artist Jean Cocteau and the French Thomist Jacques Maritain, in which the two discuss the relationship between opium visions and artistic creativity.