Sites of vision : the discursive construction of sight in the history of philosophy

edited by David Michael Levin

In recent years scholars from many disciplines have become interested in the "construction" of the human senses -- in how the human environment shapes both how and what we perceive. Taking a very different approach to the question of construction, Sites of Vision turns to language and explores the ways in which the rhetoric of philosophy has formed the nature of vision and how, in turn, the rhetoric of vision has helped to shape philosophical thought. The central role of vision in relation to philosophy is evident in the vocabulary of the discipline -- in words such as "speculation," "observation," "insight," and "reflection"; in metaphors such as "mirroring," "perspective," and "point of view"; and in methodological concepts such as "reflective detachment" and "representation." Because the history of vision is so pervasively reflected in the history of philosophy, it is possible for both vision and thought to achieve a greater awareness of their genealogy through the history of philosophy. The fourteen contributors to Sites of Vision explore the hypothesis that the nature of visual perception about which philosophers talk must be explicitly recognized as a discursive construction, indeed a historical construction, in philosophical discourse.

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  • From acoustics to optics - the rise of the metaphysical and demise of the melodic in Aristotle's "Poetics", P. Christopher Smith
  • Aristotle on specular regimes - the theatre of philosophical discourse, James I. Porter
  • discourses of vision in 17th-century metaphysics, Catherine Wilson
  • how to write the history of vision - understanding the relationship between Berkeley and Descartes, Margaret Atherton
  • embodying the eye of Humanism - Giambattista Vico and the eye of Ingenium, Sandra Rudnick Luft
  • "for now we see through a glass darkly" - the systematics of Hegel's visual imagery, John Russon
  • sighting the spirit - the rhetorical visions of "Geist" in Hegel's "Encyclopedia", John H. Smith
  • perspectives and horizons - Husserl on seeing the truth, Mary C. Rawlinson
  • ducks and rabbits - visuality in Wittgenstein, William James Earle
  • Dewey's critique of democratic visual culture and its political implications, Yaron Ezrahi
  • materialist mutations of the "Bilderverbot", Rebecca Comay
  • Hannah Arendt - the activity of the spectator, Peg Birmingham
  • keeping Foucault and Derrida in sight - panopticism and the politics of subversion, David Michael Levin
  • difference and the ruin of representation in Gilles Deleuze, Dorothea Olkowski.

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書名 Sites of vision : the discursive construction of sight in the history of philosophy
著作者等 Levin, David Michael
出版元 MIT Press
刊行年月 1999
版表示 New ed
ページ数 viii, 498 p.
大きさ 23 cm
ISBN 0262621290
NCID BA68944647
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国