After a brief introduction to the problem of imagination (understood as an object of philosophical inquiry), the author establishes his principal distinction between two kinds of imagination: representing and participating. He also proposes a more detailed analysis of the latter, including a review of his privileged metaphors (source and warmth) and conceptual connections (presence and participation). Moreover, the article is devoted to the question of the relation between the philosophy of presence and the philosophy of absence, approached from an imaginative perspective. In conclusion, the author presents theses concerning philosophical activity itself, which is developed along the following lines: experience - vision - notion.
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