Shapes of Forms

Shapes of Forms : From Gestalt Psychology and Phenomenology to Ontology and Mathematics

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impossible triangle, after apprehension of the perceptively given mode of being of that 'object', the visual system assumes that all three sides touch on all three sides, whereas this happens on only one side. In fact, the sides touch only optically, because they are separate in depth. In Meinong's words, Penrose's triangle has been inserted in an 'objective', or in what we would today call a "cognitive schema". Re-examination of the Graz school's theory, as said, sheds light on several problems concerning the theory of perception, and, as Luccio points out in his contribution to this book, it helps to eliminate a number of over-simplistic commonplaces, such as the identification of the cognitivist notion of 'top down' with Wertheimer's 'von oben unten', and of 'bottom up' with his 'von unten nach oben'. In fact, neither Hochberg's and Gregory's 'concept-driven' perception nor Gibson's 'data-driven' perception coincide with the original conception of the Gestalt.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 378 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 22.35mm | 1,590g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1999 ed.
  • VI, 378 p.
  • 0792352467
  • 9780792352464

Table of contents

Form Aesthetics. Introduction; L. Albertazzi. Experimental Phenomenology: A Historical Profile; P. Bozzi. What is Form? Contributions of Psychology to an Old Epistemological Problem; A. Zimmer. Forms and Events; G.B. Vicario. Towards a Field Theory of Figural Form; M. Stadler, et al. On Pragnanz; R. Luccio. Formal Characteristics in Verbal Description and Spatial Representation; M. Massironi, M.C. Levorato. Forms in Algebras, and Their Interpretations: Some Historical and Philosophical Features; I. Grattan-Guinness. An Essay on the Notion of Schema; A. Peruzzi. Qua-Theories; R. Poli. Form Metaphysics; L. Albertazzi. Ontological Categories; J. Sowa. On Forms of Objects; J. Jadacki.
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