عنوان مقاله [English]
As one of the most important conceptual tools for human beings, imagination plays an important role in mans’ behavior and his felicity. The present paper aims to explain the nature of imagination and the will, discussing how to relate imagination and the will in the human soul (ego, self). Analyzing and inferring Sadarian texts is the method used in this paper. Imagination, as the mediator between emotion and reasoning (ratiocination) is responsible for preserving, restoring, and fabricating (composing) the mental images. Will, as the desire, intention, and purpose in individuals, suitability to do or leave an action, is affected by the mind (reason, wisdom) or opinion (assumption). Will, like knowledge, is absolutely intentional; that is, it should belong to something or issue (wish). Imagination or mental image is a template and framework for intentional aspect in the will, thus explaining the relationship between imagination and the will. Imagination of an act, acknowledging its usefulness, enthusiasm to do that act, determination, and the act are the stages of the formation of a voluntary act. Mulla Sadra is one of the few philosophers who successfully highlighted the issue of imagination and its relation to the will, proposing novel perspectives in this regard.