The two powers of imagination most like intellect

Medical textbooks draw pictures of bodies that are meant to look like every body. Imagination has the same power, which is enough to convince most people that imagination is intellect. But imagination can still do more. When the differences between the things become too great to represent with a single picture which ignores individual differences, imagination can coin a symbol to stand for the whole multitude. The symbol stands in for the picture which cannot be made. Nominalism seems to be the identification of imagination (in this highest, most subtle activity of symbol construction) with intellect.
(It’s striking to read St. Thomas speak about how imagination makes sign usage possible.)

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