On taking a leap of faith. Art, imagination and liminal experiences

Paul Stenner & Tania Zittoun

Résumé This article argues for the centrality of fiction, imagination, and art for psychology and for life in general. It proposes an integrative theoretical framework examining art as liminal experiencing that supports transitions by engaging imagination. Grounded in a process philosophy, drawing on Vygotsky, it thus demonstrates the transformative power of art. The article offers a close reading of the liminal and transformative properties and contents of Christopher Nolan’s film Inception. Treating the film as a single case study that echoes a wider range of classical and contemporary artwork, the article promotes a complex and multilayered reading of art and imagination as part of life in society.
Mots-clés Art, cinema, imagination, liminality, transitions, Inception
Citation Stenner, P., & Zittoun, T. (2021). On taking a leap of faith. Art, imagination and liminal experiences. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 40(4), 240-263.
Type Article de périodique (Anglais)
Date de publication 2-6-2021
Nom du périodique Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology
Volume 40
Numéro 4
Pages 240-263
URL https://doi.org/10.1037/teo0000148
Liée au projet Imagination