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Beyond Words

Pictures, Parables, Paradoxes


Edited By András Benedek and Kristóf Nyíri

Human thinking depends not only on words but also on visual imagery. Visual argumentation directly exploits the logic of the pictorial, while verbal arguments, too, draw on figurative language, and thus ultimately on images. In the centuries of handwritten documents and the printed book, our educational culture has been a predominantly verbal one. Today the challenge of the pictorial is explicit and conspicuous. In the digital world, we are experiencing an unprecedented wealth of images, animations and videos. But how should visual content be combined with traditional texts? This volume strives to present a broad humanities background showing how going beyond the word was always an issue in, and by now has become an inevitable challenge to, pedagogy and philosophy.


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Notes on Contributors ACZÉL, Petra, is Associate Professor at Corvinus University of Budapest and head of the Institute of Behavioural Science and Communication Theo ry, as well as member of the Social Communication Doctoral School. She studied at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, earned her PhD degree in lin guis tics with the thesis titled Winning with Word: Classical and Modern Ar gu menta tion The ory in 2003, and gave her habilitation lecture in 2011. Her re search interests are focused on the theory and prac tice of rhet oric. She is author and co-author of four books and numerous essays on verbal and visual argumentation, per suasive com mu ni ca tion and (new) me dia com munication. Her recent pub lications in clude con tributions to the debate on “new rhet oric” and new media rhetoric, among them her paper “Enchanting Bewilder ment: Concerns for Visual Rhet oric”, in András Benedek and Kristóf Nyíri (eds.), Images in Language: Meta phors and Meta morphoses (se- ries Vis ual Learning, vol. 1), Frank furt/M.: Pe ter Lang, 2011, “Mediarheto- ric: Complex Vis ual Literacy”, in András Benedek and Kristóf Nyíri (eds.), The Iconic Turn in Education (series Visual Learn ing, vol. 2), Frank furt/M.: Peter Lang, 2012, “Visionary Rhetoric: Teaching Imag istic Communication”, in András Benedek and Kristóf Nyíri (eds.), How to Do Things with Pictures: Skill, Practice, Per formance (series Visual Learn ing, vol. 3), Frankfurt/M...

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