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The art of philosophy : visual thinking in Europe from the late Renaissance to the early Enlightenment

Author: Susanna Berger
Publisher: Princeton ; Oxford Princeton University Press [2017] © 2017
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Delving into the intersections between artistic images and philosophical knowledge in Europe from the late sixteenth to the early eighteenth centuries, The Art of Philosophy shows that the making and study of visual art functioned as important methods of philosophical thinking and instruction. From frontispieces of books to monumental prints created by philosophers in collaboration with renowned artists, Susanna  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Susanna Berger
ISBN: 9780691172279 0691172277
OCLC Number: 975063499
Description: XIV, 317 Seiten
Contents: Acknowledgments xi Abbreviations xiv Introduction 1 1 Apin's Cabinet of Printed Curiosities 41 2 Thinking through Plural Images of Logic 75 3 The Visible Order of Student Lecture Notebooks 115 4 Visual Thinking in Logic Notebooks and Alba amicorum 147 5 The Generation of Art as the Generation of Philosophy 173 Appendix 1 Catalogue of Surviving Impressions of Philosophical Plural Images 211 Appendix 2 Transcriptions of the Texts Inscribed onto Philosophical Plural Images 217 Notes 273 Bibliography 293 Index 303 Illustration Credits 316
Responsibility: Susanna Berger.
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Delving into the intersections between artistic images and philosophical knowledge in Europe from the late sixteenth to the early eighteenth centuries, The Art of Philosophy shows that the making and study of visual art functioned as important methods of philosophical thinking and instruction. From frontispieces of books to monumental prints created by philosophers in collaboration with renowned artists, Susanna Berger examines visual representations of philosophy and overturns prevailing assumptions about the limited function of the visual in European intellectual history. Rather than merely illustrating already existing philosophical concepts, visual images generated new knowledge for both Aristotelian thinkers and anti-Aristotelians, such as Descartes and Hobbes. Printmaking and drawing played a decisive role in discoveries that led to a move away from the authority of Aristotle in the seventeenth century. Berger interprets visual art from printed books, student lecture notebooks, alba amicorum (friendship albums), broadsides, and paintings, and examines the work of such artists as Pietro Testa, Léonard Gaultier, Abraham Bosse, Dürer, and Rembrandt. In particular, she focuses on the rise and decline of the "plural image," a genre that was popular among early modern philosophers. Plural images brought multiple images together on the same page, often in order to visualize systems of logic, metaphysics, natural philosophy, or moral philosophy. Featuring previously unpublished prints and drawings from the early modern period and lavish gatefolds, The Art of Philosophy reveals the essential connections between visual commentary and philosophical thought.

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