Dipartimento di Economia, Università di Roma La Sapienza.
The paper argues that the divergence from the paradigm of algorithmic rationality has been argued mainly from the pessimistic side, underlying the limits of human cognitive capabilities. On the contrary, the author underlines the effectiveness of human intelligence in performing rational, constructive tasks, neither through routines nor through algorithmic rationality, but through the visionary capability that is the proper mark of human thought. The plastic power of imaginative intelligence is illustrated with reference to artwork, showing how perceptive illusions are used as linguistic instruments in the arts. The author underlines the importance of imaginative intelligence in a wide spectrum of economic activities.
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