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Noel N. Sauer

psychical analogon.” In so doing, Clayton rightfully drew attention to the fundamental but mostly overlooked or underestimated “role and ontological status” of the psychical analogon in Sartre’s theory of mental imagery. 6 Clayton suggests “we should

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Cam Clayton

Sartre's theory of the imagination is important both as an alternative to the idea that the imagination consists of images contained somehow in the mind - the "illusion of immanence" — and as an early formulation of Sartre's conception of consciousness. In this paper I defend Sartre's theory of imaginative consciousness against some of its critics. I show how difficulties with his theory parallel a perennial problem in Sartre-interpretation, that of understanding how consciousness can negate its past and posit possibilities beyond the facticity of its situation. In this short essay I will not provide a detailed exposition of Sartre's theory of the imagination. Rather, I provide the basis of an interpretation of this theory that emphasizes the role that the past plays in imaginative consciousness.