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In the Beginning was the Image: The Omnipresence of Pictures

Time, Truth, Tradition


András Benedek and Ágnes Veszelszki

The authors outline the topic of visuality in the 21st century in a trans- and interdisciplinary theoretical frame from philosophy through communication theory, rhetoric and linguistics to pedagogy. As some scholars of visual communication state, there is a significant link between the downgrading of visual sense making and a dominantly linguistic view of cognition. According to the concept of linguistic turn, everything has its meaning because we attribute meaning to it through language. Our entire world is set in language, and language is the model of human activities. This volume questions the approach in the imagery debate.

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Husserl on the Right Timing of Depictions (Javier E. Carreño)


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Javier E. Carreño

Husserl on the Right Timing of Depictions

1.  Chronos and Kairos

The founder of phenomenology, Edmund Husserl, might not come to mind amongst the foremost thinkers who are sensitive to the history and methods of rhetoric. And yet, at the crossroads of the phenomenological analyses of image-consciousness, time-consciousness, and aesthetic consciousness, one may be pleasantly surprised to find Husserl grappling with a basic rhetorical problem pertaining to so-called ‘static’ images (such as representational paintings and busts in the manner of Albertian silhouettes) (Biceaga 2010: 83): how can such images, apparently ‘without a time’, strike us as having a ‘right’ timing?

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