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Session | Philosophy of image

Thursday, 18th of February 2011 . 9h30-13h00




Chair
: Olga Pombo


What is image, after all? How has it been thought by the philosophical tradition? What new theoretical approaches have been proposed to its clarification? Is image just a means for accessing the concept, a fragile and evanescent mediator, a mere appearance? Or, on the contrary, is it a powerful entity, a sensible presentation of a meaning which only in it and by it can be seen? How to explain that such a conception of image (as a means in view of an end) could be at the root of the expression “audio-visual means” when, paradoxically, new technologies are powerful factors that can explain the density of image we witness today?.

Gadamer stresses that iconoclasticism is the fear that image may function as an end in itself. Art would have thus been saved in Christian civilization because, here, image was conceived, not only as opening to what it represents (God, the Father), but in a positive way, by its capacity of affirming something which the represented entity could not mean by itself (Christ). Sacralization of Art would have thus been grounded, not in the "copy-image” (mere vehicle for the represented reality), but in a powerful entity. We could ask whether the recent artistic productions are not the expression of such an extreme valorization of image?

And, in the case of Science? Does image have in science more than a simple representative function? If so, what is then its role in Science? Why are images used in science? How are they used?How can we say that one scientific image is truthful and accurate? Can scientific images be artistically evaluated? If so, by which criteria?

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Speakers


Lambert Wiesing ||| Ernst Pöppel |||||

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Programme

Thursday, 17th of February

09:30 - 10:00 Sessão de abertura
10:00 - 11:00 Lambert Wiesing - Pause of Participation. On the Function of Artificial Presence.
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 - 12:30 Ernst Pöppel - "Bild und Bildung": Seeing and knowing from the viewpoint of a neuroscientist
12:30 - 13:00 Debate com Lambert Wiesing e Ernst Pöppel moderado por Alexander Gerner

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