Enacting Images

Pressemitteilung vom 2. Mai 2013

Enacting Images

A new anthology discusses the dynamic forces of images and reconsiders the representationalist view.

Images (as public representations) are increasingly ubiquitous in our lives as compared with the lives of our ancestors. With an increasing technical ease, images can provide a huge amount of information – sometimes obvious, sometimes requiring special expertise. The present volume is devoted to images as they mobilize cognition and theorizing. Though we can speak of a pictorial turn (after the so-called linguistic turn) now that images have become a distinct and full-fledged topic of investigation, some may continue to cling to the impression that images should still be considered within a fundamentally representationalist framework.

As an alternative, the enactive approach provides a conceptual setup within which images, beyond their informational, immersive, and aesthetic power, can be considered as being the manifestations of a new epistemic access to the world.

Enacting Images is a collection of essays that reflectively investigate the theoretical prerequisites, scope, and limits of enactivism and considers questions such as: What role can mental representations play in cognition? Should we suppose any analogy between mental and external representations? How can we relate practice and philosophical theory in case of depiction? How can pictorial representations of highly abstract relations be useful in problem solving? In light of the demand for an elaborate categorization of pictorial public representations, how do diagrams and axonometries relate to pictures?

In grasping a wide range of questions, this volume provides a conceptual framework to analyze images as an integrative part of human cognition. Instead of holding on to the representationalist notion that relies on the dualism of the physical and the mental, the authors argue for a vital interplay of ideas, actions and external stimuli supported by different forms of images. Enacting Images addresses this attempt combining approaches from philosophy and cognitive psychology.


Zsuzsanna Kondor

Zsuzsanna Kondor, 1966, is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of, of Philosophy, Research Centre for the Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Her main fields of research are the history of philosophy, philosophy of communication, embodied cognition, enactive approach, and the philosophy of images. Her publications include Embedded Thinking: Multimedia and the New Rationality, 2008; Perception and Depiction in the Light of Embodiment. In: Heinrich, R.; Nemeth, E.; Pichler, W. (eds.): Image and Imaging in Philosophy, Science, and the Arts, ...