Παρασκευή, 21 Απριλίου 2017

Visual thinking

Αποσπάσματα από την εισαγωγή ενός καταπληκτικού βιβλίου!

"The central thesis of this study is that in early modern Europe the viewing and creation of imagery functioned as important instruments of philosophical thought and teaching. Visual representations acted as essential tools for the generation of knowledge. Philosophers understood the vieweing and making of visual representations as cognitive processes, and images often articulated ideas that could not quite be communicated in verbal language. Vision developed into the model of intelligibility, while drawings, prints, and the processes of looking at and designing visual representations became dominant metaphors for understanding human perception and characterizing the manner in which an observer gains and retains knowledge about the world. At the same time, the intense engagement with visual representations was accompanied by lingering doubts about their role in the creation and transmission of philosophical theories;" (p. 2)

"Historians of the early modern era have argued that Europeans experienced an "information explosion" between 1550 and 1750, related to a set of factors that included the rising production of printed books, travel and the discovery of new lands, the retrieval of ancient texts, and a passionate interest in gathering information. Over the last two or three decades, a new area of cultural history has developed that focuses on institutions of knowledge and seeks to understand how information has been organized and managed in the past. Scholars have studied a range of collections and learning aids including reference books, cabinets of curiosities, botanical gardens, archives, and encyclopedias that were employed during the eraly modern period and earlier to manage an overabundance of information." (p. 3)

Susanna Berger, "The Art of Philosophy. Visual Thinking in Europe from the Late Rennaissance to the Early Enlightenment", Princeton University Press, Princeton and Oxford 2017.

Παρασκευή, 14 Απριλίου 2017

Καλή Ανάσταση

Είθε τα χρώματα να δώσουν ελπίδα σε όλους και να απαλύνουν τον πόνο και τον φόβο εκείνων που υποφέρουν...

Τα λουλούδια στις φωτογραφίες είναι από τους κήπους του Βυζαντινού Μουσείου

Σάββατο, 8 Απριλίου 2017

Great is Justice

"Great is Justice;
Justice is not settled by legislators and laws.... it is in the soul,
It cannot be varied by statutes any more than love or pride or the attraction of gravity can,
It is immutable.. it does not depend on majorities .... majorities or what not come at
      last before the same passionless and exact tribunal.

For justice are the grant natural lawyers and perfect judges .... it is in their souls,
It is well assorted ....they have not studied for nothing .... the great includes the less,
They rule on the highest grounds .... they oversee all eras and states and

The perfect judge fears nothing .... he could go front to front before God,
Before the perfect judge all shall stand back .... life and death shall stand back ....
      heaven and hell shall stand back."

Walt Whitman, "Leaves of Grass"

Πέμπτη, 30 Μαρτίου 2017

Les raisons de la danse sont poetiques

"Je ne concois pas qu'on puisse tenter d'aborder les techniques choregraphiques d'un point de vue ou le psychanalyste ait a en dire quelque chose, sans operer ce retour vers la dogmatique la plus certaine, car c'est bien la, sous les themes liturgiques exposant le droit du corps a parler, que la danse se manifeste comme rapport signifiant dans un discours figuratif de la Loi." (p. 32)

"Les corps deviennent l'embleme du systeme ou se constituent les croyances. La danse est politique, car elle propose un remaniement de la demarche ordinaire et fait eclater le sujet, jusqu'a le mettre hors de lui-meme et lui faire proclamer son desir, mas non pas illegalement. Matiere a controler, par consequent." (p. 68)

Pierre Legendre, "La passion d'etre un autre. Etude pour la danse", Editions du Seuil, 1978

Πέμπτη, 23 Μαρτίου 2017

Με τους Erasmus φοιτητές μου - International Business Transactions

                                                             Athens, 23 March 2017

                                                           Spring Semester 2017

Τρίτη, 21 Μαρτίου 2017

Pictures at a Conference - "The Private Collections"

Το συνέδριο με τίτλο "The Private Collections. Historical and legal perspectives", που έλαβε χώρα στην έδρα του UNIDROIT, στη Ρώμη, 16-17 Μαρτίου 2017 (, είχε πολύ μεγάλο ενδιαφέρον!

Arrivederci Roma...