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  1. Introduction: Friedrich Kittler.Axel Fliethmann - 2011 - Thesis Eleven 107 (1):3-5.
    The article situates Kittler’s view on the question of visual technology within his general media theory and critically examines Kittler’s optical paradigm with regard to questions of technology, discourse, strategy and style. Focus is given to the link between visual technology and the Renaissance period.
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    Blumen Berg: Topoi in Blumenberg’s Philosophy.Axel Fliethmann - 2011 - Thesis Eleven 104 (1):59-71.
    The text consists of two parts. Part one puts the works of Hans Blumenberg, as far as they tackle the problem of rhetoric, into their historical context. Relevant here in particular is the tradition of topological philosophies of the Renaissance and their different types of revival in the 20th century. Part two analyses three main ‘absolute metaphors’ or ‘topoi’ Hans Blumenberg has investigated, the metaphors of ‘light’, ‘shipwreck’, and ‘book of nature’, in order to add to the philosophical perspective taken (...)
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    Word and Image: Framing Philology.Axel Fliethmann - 2007 - Thesis Eleven 89 (1):43-57.
    This text focuses from a philological perspective on media theories and their impact on traditional text-based disciplines. Therefore it looks at the problems that have emerged for Media Studies as well as for traditional studies in philology when reflecting on the concept of self-reference, since their subjects can seemingly no longer rely on the purity of the written word. If research work in the field of humanities is still mainly documented by texts, how does the advance of images as a (...)
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    Kittler’s Optic: Visual Theory Between Hardware, Strategy and Style.Axel Fliethmann - 2011 - Thesis Eleven 107 (1):53-65.
    The article situates Kittler’s view on the question of visual technology within his general media theory and critically examines Kittler’s optical paradigm with regard to questions of (visual) technology, discourse, strategy and style. Focus is given to the link between visual technology and the Renaissance period.
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    The Body of Imagination and the Technology of Imagery in the Renaissance and in Modernity.Axel Fliethmann - 2015 - Thesis Eleven 130 (1):43-57.
    Throughout history, the concepts of phantasia or imaginatio have been linked to the concept of the human body and in particular to our sensory perceptions. But phantasia/imaginatio have also always been linked to the mind and how the operations of the mind are connected with bodily sensations. Functioning as interface between the senses and the mind, phantasia has predominantly been exemplified with the notion of the visual image, rather than a tactile or oral depiction. But as emphatic as discussion of (...)
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    The Theology of the Image in Television and Emblem Theories.Axel Fliethmann - 2018 - Thesis Eleven 146 (1):58-70.
    The article provides a comparative analysis of the similarities of arguments put forward by discourses on mass imagery in the Renaissance and modernity. In particular, emblem theories are quite striking in the way they advanced similar arguments to theories about television. In both cases we find iconoclast and iconodule arguments, and in both cases we find an implicit, holy or unholy theological connection being made between mass medium, the image, and technology. The article will argue that the condemnation of or (...)
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