occidental culture, the dismissive treatment reserved for the imagination
coincides with the implementation of a theory of knowledge based exclusively on
understanding and reason. This gnoseology leaves aside any possibility of
establishing a sensible, corporeal link between the subject that knows and the
known object. Res extensa/res cogitans: with this famous dichotomy, Descartes
enthrones the philosophical dualism that illuminates the whole history of
western philosophy, from the myth of Plato's cave to the emergence from
immanence by Husserl's intentionality.
My paper tells the story of this deep-rooted desire to objectify knowledge, making it independent from the subject. This is what reflects the sacrifice of imagination.