On the Imagination

Introduction by Chip Manekin

Maimonides says: “Therefore you should know, whoever examines this book, if you know the nature of the soul and its faculties, and if you know that the truth of anything is according to its own existence. I have already let you know that understanding of the imaginative faculty finds [is found???] in most living or animal things. For that a perfected living thing, namely a thing having a heart, proves [is proved?] in the essence of that imaginative faculty. Yet it does not know this through that faculty. Nor is the operation of that faculty like the operation of the intellect, but it is through another way, since the intellect [is] what separates composite things, and knows their parts, and understands them, and detaches them in its own truth and its own causes.”

Original Latin