Three Realms in the Activity of the Image

Show simple item record Curtis, Neal en
dc.contributor.editor Mack, A en 2012-04-17T00:29:51Z en 2011 en
dc.identifier.citation Social Research: an international quarterly of the social sciences 78(4):1089-1114 2011 en
dc.identifier.issn 0037-783X en
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dc.description.abstract the duality, and to some extent, the duplicity, in our approach to the image stems from an ambiguity toward the realm of the visual itself. From Plato’s distinction between forms and shadows we have inherited an attitude toward images that remains locked in a completely unhelpful tension between truth and falsity, between what is and what only appears to be. And yet this argument that favors the veracity of the real over the illusion of the image regularly forgets that truth for Plato remains visual in nature, or at least it is a matter of light. The path to knowledge is not so much a path to truth—in the sense of the correspondence between a concept and a pre-given object—as a path toward a different way of seeing, and of seeing what shows itself. A form, the Greek word for which is eidos, refers to both essence and idea, but is also the way something looks, or how it gives itself to be seen. The close connection between an idea and the look of something is evident in the related Greek word for phantom or apparition: the eidolon, a ghostly double, or image of someone that can easily be mistaken for the real person, and from which we derive our own concept of the idol. This means that Plato’s discussion of the journey from the shadows and the flickering of the fire in the cave to the brilliance of the sun is a journey through different degrees of light, different aspects, or views, and remains a journey through the visual. en
dc.publisher New School for Social Research en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Social Research en
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dc.title Three Realms in the Activity of the Image en
dc.type Journal Article en
pubs.issue 4 en
pubs.begin-page 1089 en
pubs.volume 78 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: New School for Social Research en
pubs.end-page 1114 en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 294904 en Arts en Social Sciences en Media and Communication en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2012-02-15 en

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