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Kinaesthetic knowing. Aesthetics, epistemology, modern design.

Author: Zeynep Celik Alexander
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press 2018.
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Is all knowledge the product of thought? Or can the physical interactions of the body with the world produce reliable knowledge? In late-nineteenth-century Europe, scientists, artists, and other intellectuals theorized the latter as a new way of knowing, which Zeynep Celik Alexander here dubs "kinaesthetic knowing." In this book, Alexander offers the first major intellectual history of kinaesthetic knowing and its  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Zeynep Celik Alexander
ISBN: 9780226485201 022648520X
OCLC Number: 1016666349
Description: 336 pages
Responsibility: Zeynep Celik Alexander.

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Is all knowledge the product of thought? Or can the physical interactions of the body with the world produce reliable knowledge? In late-nineteenth-century Europe, scientists, artists, and other intellectuals theorized the latter as a new way of knowing, which Zeynep Celik Alexander here dubs "kinaesthetic knowing." In this book, Alexander offers the first major intellectual history of kinaesthetic knowing and its influence on the formation of modern art and architecture and especially modern design education. Focusing in particular on Germany, and tracing the story up to the start of World War II, Alexander reveals the tension between intellectual meditation and immediate experience to be at the heart of the modern discourse of aesthetics, playing a major part in the artistic and teaching practices of numerous key figures of the period, including Heinrich Wolfflin, Hermann Obrist, August Endell, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, and many others. Ultimately, she shows, kinaesthetic knowing did not become the foundation of the human sciences, as some of its advocates had hoped, but it did lay the groundwork at such institutions as the Bauhaus for modern art and architecture in the twentieth century.

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