David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
University of Chicago Press (2007)
Barbara Stafford is at the forefront of a growing movement that calls for the humanities to confront the brain’s material realities. In Echo Objects she argues that humanists should seize upon the exciting neuroscientific discoveries that are illuminating the underpinnings of cultural objects. In turn, she contends, brain scientists could enrich their investigations of mental activity by incorporating phenomenological considerations—particularly the intricate ways that images focus intentional behavior and allow us to feel thought. This, then, is a book for both sides of the aisle, a stunningly broad exploration of how complex images—or patterns that compress space and time—make visible the invisible ordering of human consciousness. Stafford demonstrates, for example, how the compound formats of emblems, symbols, collage, and electronic media reveal the brain’s grappling to construct mental objects that are redoubled by prior associations. On the other hand, she compellingly shows that findings in evolutionary biology and the neurosciences are providing profound opportunities for understanding aesthetic conundrums as old and deep-seated as the human urge to imitate, the mapping of inner space, and the role of narrative and nonnarrative representation. As precise in her discussions of firing neurons as she is about the coordinating dynamics of image making, Stafford locates these major transdisciplinary issues at the intersection of art, science, philosophy, and technology. Ultimately, she makes an impassioned plea for a common purpose—for the acknowledgement that, at the most basic level, these separate projects belong to a single investigation
|Keywords||Cognition Mental representation Image (Philosophy|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Buy the book||$17.50 used (42% off) $22.36 new (26% off) $24.31 direct from Amazon (19% off) Amazon page|
|Call number||BF311.S67715 2007|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Shiela Reaves (2011). Rethinking Visual Ethics: Evolution, Social Comparison and the Media's Mono-Body in the Global Rise of Eating Disorders. Journal of Mass Media Ethics 26 (2):114 - 134.
Barbara Tversky (2011). Visualizing Thought. Topics in Cognitive Science 3 (3):499-535.
Martha Blassnigg (2010). Revisiting Marey's Applications of Scientific Moving Image Technologies in the Context of Bergson's Philosophy: Audio-Visual Mediation and the Experience of Time. [REVIEW] Medicine Studies 2 (3):175-184.
Similar books and articles
J. Christopher Maloney (1984). Mental Images and Cognitive Theory. American Philosophical Quarterly 21 (July):237-47.
Shannon Foskett (2011). Echo Objects: The Cognitive Work of Images by Stafford, Barbara Maria. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 69 (2):249-251.
Robert N. Audi (1978). The Ontological Status of Mental Images. Inquiry 21 (1-4):348-61.
Peter Slezak (1995). The “Philosophical” Case Against Visual Images. In P. Slezak, T. Caelli & R. Clark (eds.), Perspectives on Cognitive Science, Volume 1: Theories, Experiments, and Foundations. Ablex Publishing.
Cynthia Freeland (2009). Echo Objects: The Cognitive Work of Images. Philosophical Psychology 22 (3):389-393.
Jörg R. J. Schirra (1994). Connecting Visual and Verbal Space: Preliminary Considerations Concerning the Concept 'Mental Image'. In Miriam Bras, Michel Aurnague, Mario Borillo & Andree Borillo (eds.), Semantics of Time, Space, and Movement. IRIT.
Liliana Albertazzi (2009). Images, Spaces, Representations. Axiomathes 19 (1):103-111.
Nigel J. T. Thomas, Mental Imagery. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Tereza Hadravová (2008). Barbara Maria Stafford: Echo Objects. The Cognitive Work of Images. Estetika 45 (1):118-122.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads7 ( #186,176 of 1,101,577 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #292,059 of 1,101,577 )
How can I increase my downloads?