1st Edition

Aspect Perception after Wittgenstein Seeing-As and Novelty

Edited By Michael Beaney, Brendan Harrington, Dominic Shaw Copyright 2018
    208 Pages
    by Routledge

    208 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume brings together new essays that consider Wittgenstein’s treatment of the phenomenon of aspect perception in relation to the broader idea of conceptual novelty; that is, the acquisition or creation of new concepts, and the application of an acquired understanding in unfamiliar or novel situations. Over the last twenty years, aspect perception has received increasing philosophical attention, largely related to applying Wittgenstein’s remarks on the phenomena of seeing-as, found in Part II of Philosophical Investigations (1953), to issues within philosophical aesthetics. Seeing-as, however, has come to occupy a broader conceptual category, particularly in philosophy of mind and philosophical psychology. The essays in this volume examine the exegetical issues arising within Wittgenstein studies, while also considering the broader utility and implications of the phenomenon of seeing-as in the fields of aesthetics, philosophical psychology, and philosophy of mathematics, with a thematic focus on questions of novelty and creativity. The collection constitutes a fruitful interpretative engagement with the later Wittgenstein, as well as a unique contribution to considerations of philosophical methodology.

    1. Introduction

    2. Brendan Harrington

    3. Wittgenstein, Seeing-As, and Novelty

    4. William Child

    5. Gombrich and the Duck-Rabbit

    6. Robert Briscoe

    7. Gestalt Perception and Seeing-As

    8. Komarine Romdenh-Romluc

    9. Aspect Perception and the History of Mathematics

    10. Akihiro Kanamori

    11. Seeing-As and Mathematical Creativity

    12. Michael Beaney and Bob Clark

    13. Prospective versus Retrospective Points of View in Theory of Inquiry: Towards a Quasi-Kuhnian History of the Future

    14. Thomas Nickles

    15. Vision, Norm and Openness: Some Theories in Heidegger, Murdoch and Aristotle

    Denis Mcmanus


    Michael Beaney is Professor of Philosophy at the University of York. He is Editor of The British Journal for the History of Philosophy.

    Brendan Harrington holds a doctorate in Philosophy from the University of York (UK), and currently manages and facilitates group work within various mental health units of the UK prison system.

    Dominic Shaw holds a doctorate in Philosophy from the University of York (UK).