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Multistable Figures

On the Critical Potential of Ir/Reversible Aspect-Seeing
Ed. by Christoph F. E. Holzhey
Vienna: Turia + Kant, 2014
ISBN (Paperback): 978-3-85132-734-2 | 29 EUR | 266 pp. | 24 cm x 16 cm
Multistable figures offer an intriguing model for arbitrating conflicting positions. Moving back and forth between the different aspects under which something can be seen, one recognizes that mutually contradictory descriptions can be equally valid and that disputes over the correct account can be resolved without dissolving differences or establishing a higher synthesis. Yet, the experience of a gestalt switch also offers a model for radical conversions and revolutions – that is, for irreversible leaps to incommensurable alternatives foiling ideals of rational choice while providing the possibility and necessity of decision. Accentuating the temporal dimensions of multistable figures, this multidisciplinary volume illuminates the critical potentials and limits of multistability as a complex figure of thought.

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Title
Multistable Figures
Subtitle
On the Critical Potential of Ir/Reversible Aspect-Seeing
Editor(s)
Christoph F. E. Holzhey
Identifier
Description
Multistable figures offer an intriguing model for arbitrating conflicting positions. Moving back and forth between the different aspects under which something can be seen, one recognizes that mutually contradictory descriptions can be equally valid and that disputes over the correct account can be resolved without dissolving differences or establishing a higher synthesis. Yet, the experience of a gestalt switch also offers a model for radical conversions and revolutions – that is, for irreversible leaps to incommensurable alternatives foiling ideals of rational choice while providing the possibility and necessity of decision. Accentuating the temporal dimensions of multistable figures, this multidisciplinary volume illuminates the critical potentials and limits of multistability as a complex figure of thought.
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Place
Vienna
Publisher
Turia + Kant
Date
2014
Number in Series
8
Subject
Aesthetics
aspect seeing
critical thinking
figure of thought
heuristic
knowledge, theory of: multistable figures
multistability
science
Rights
© by the author(s)
This version is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
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Language
en-GB
short title
Multistable Figures
number of pages
266
has manifestation
ISBN (Paperback): 978-3-85132-734-2 | 29 EUR | 266 pp. | 24 cm x 16 cm
Bibliographic Citation
Multistable Figures: On the Critical Potential of Ir/Reversible Aspect-Seeing, ed. by Christoph F. E. Holzhey, Cultural Inquiry, 8 (Vienna: Turia + Kant, 2014) <https://doi.org/10.37050/ci-08>
Format
application/pdf

Contents

Blurb / Christoph F. E. Holzhey
Frontmatter / Christoph F. E. Holzhey
Introduction / Christoph F. E. Holzhey
KippCity / Christine Hentschel
Aspects and Abstracta / B. Madison Mount
Splitting Images / Luca Di Blasi
The Munchausen Effect / Pascale Gillot
Cognition and Volition / Benjamin Dawson
Identity Politics Redux / K. Heintzman
Multiple Temporalities of the Partisan Struggle / Gal Kirn
Figuring Ambivalence, Capturing the Political / Brigitte Bargetz
Oscillations and Incommensurable Decisions / Christoph F. E. Holzhey
Backmatter / Christoph F. E. Holzhey