Edited By András Benedek and Kristof Nyiri
Time and Biography: Folk Visual Metaphors: James E. Katz – Daniel Halpern
110 Ágnes Veszelszki Figure 8: Dialogue letter Here it is really conspicuous how a series of brief, rapidly formulated, writ- ten sentences can achieve avoiding misunderstandings, and maintain a level of emotional coherence, by using emoticons. Some lines earlier I noted that emo- ticons do not, generally, enter into the realm of official communications. It is an intriguing question whether this state of affairs might not change. Further re- search in the subject, then, may indeed deal with the connections between emoti- con use, printed advertisement and official exchanges. Time and Biography: Folk Visual Metaphors James E. Katz – Daniel Halpern Introduction The theme of The Second International Conference on Visual Learning, Buda- pest 2011, was “Development – Discovery – Design”. Our comments are direct- ed primarily to the second thematic leg of this triad, “discovery”, and stem from an interest in the pictorial turn in philosophy. The aim here is to expand upon path-breaking research by Rudolf Arnheim in the field of visual thinking with particular reference to the concept of time. We use his tools, as well as a student survey, to explore folk visual metaphors of the concept of time and relate them to an individual’s psychological and sociological characteristics, that is, in a sense, to personality and culture. The Pictorial Turn Our line of work grows in part out of an inquiry into the so-called “pictorial turn” in philosophy. In contrast to the “linguistic turn” of analytical philosophy, the pictorial turn is more controversial, and arguably more complex. Even...
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