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Arnheim, Gestalt and Media

An Ontological Theory

Authors: Verstegen, Ian

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  • Offers a powerful defense of media difference using a non-essential approach to ontology
  • Features an innovative marriage of Gestalt psychology and Austrian ontology
  • Presents an important theory of media developed by psychologist Rudolf Arnheim, a famous early critic and theorist of film and radio
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This monograph presents a synthesis and reconstruction of Rudolf Arnheim’s theory of media. Combining both Arnheim’s well-known writings on film and radio with his later work on the psychology of art, the author presents a coherent approach to the problem of the nature of a medium, space and time, and the differentia between different media. The latent ontological commitments of Arnheim’s theories is drawn out by affirming Arnheim’s membership in the Brentano school of Austrian philosophy, which allows his theories to be clarified and strengthened, particularly with the metaphysical writings of Roman Ingarden. The resulting theory is relational, portraying essential medial differences with neutral criteria and allowing for a rigorous definition of a medium. The way in which a medium is based on the inherent dispositions of medial materials creates a highly appealing theory that is determinate without being deterministic. The theory is thus highly timely as people in media studies seek to address the determinate nature of media after the post-medium condition. The book will appeal to researchers and graduate students in cultural and media studies as well as architecture and design.

About the authors

Ian Verstegen is Associate Director of Visual Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He has published on early modern and modern art history, art historiography, aesthetics and philosophy. He is the author of Arnheim, Gestalt and Art (also with Springer). His most recent book is Federico Barocco and the Oratorians

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Arnheim, Gestalt and Media
Book Subtitle
An Ontological Theory
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Philosophy
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-02970-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-02970-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-02969-2
Series ISSN
2211-4548
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 136
Number of Illustrations
18 b/w illustrations
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