Title: Thinking and ImaginationAuthors: Olaf Breidbach and Federico VercelloneTranslator: Wilton KaiserSeries: Thinking European WorldsImprint: The Davies Group, Publishers170 pp.soft coverUSD 24.00ISBN 978-1934542347Pub date: June 10, 2014Thinking and Imagination argues that mechanical objectivity is insufficient to deal with the complex of thinking and imagination. A picture is not simply a documentation of something being seen. The image is seen as condensation of a process, summing up representations, expectations and dispositions. Regarded in this way, pictures form a gateway to our understanding of a world only partially analyzed. It is not just documentation we have to deal with in image sciences, but imagination. Only in that way will we gain new perspectives to handle experiences and their representations.Table of ContentsPrefaceChapter One Perspective on the Morphology 1.1 Initial Premises 1.2 Metamorphosis of the Morphology1.3 History as Orientation1.4 The Measures and Principles of Vision1.5 From Art to Science1.6 Nihilism and New KnowledgeChapter Two The Flight to the Internal. On the Tragedy of the Aesthetic (and of Morphology) around 19002.1 The Renunciation of Knowledge and the Tragedy of the Aesthetic: Nietzsche and D’Annunzio2.2 The Aesthetic as Rhetoric. Croce and the Loss of the Image2.3 The Crisis of Morphology2.4 The Path towards Exteriority: Riegl, Haeckel and Beyond2.5 The Mathematicization of Forms: D’Arcy Thompson2.6 Iconology: Warburg and Panofsky2.7 From Nietzsche to Heidegger2.8 The Rediscovery of Form: The Iconic TurnChapter 3 Being as Image3.1 Image as Object3.2 Image as Intuition3.3 Image as Representation3.4 Image as Model3.5 Image as Social Space3.6 Image as Frame3.7 Image as Image3.8 Image as Process3.9 Image as FormChapter 4. Conceptualizing Intuition, Thinking the Image4.1 Morphology4.2 Forecast and Foreshadow: What Is Vague in Intuition4.3 Are We Speaking of the Prediscursive? 4.4 Presentiment, or the Image as Reproduction of What Has Not Yet Become Familiar4.5 The Image as Concept and Its Organization4.6 ModelsConclusions: Once Again on Art, Science, KnowledgeNotesBibliographyIndex of Names“Thinking and Imaginationmakes a fundamental contribution to the understanding of the image as a new cultural environment and as the place where the knowledge of late-modern life is shaped. It does so from an historical and theoretical standpoint, relying on visual studiesas well as by revisiting Goethe’s morphology. Thus the authors propose the idea of a unified science that recognizes the image and intuition as the sources of its coming into being.” —Gianni Vattimo“Thinking and Imagination makes an original contribution to the debate on the Iconic Turn. Developing critically Goethe’s notion of morphology, the image is interpreted as both a knot of relations and the unavoidable presupposition and catalyst of concepts. The image is not the pure mirroring of data, but is form, a way of structuring chaos in order to give meaning to the world and events not only in the field of visual perception but also in art and science.” —Remo BodeiAuthors:Olaf Breidbach taught history of science at the University of Jena and was director of the Institute for the History of Medicine, Science and Technology and the Ernst-Haeckel-Haus Museum. Recent books included Goethes Naturverständnis (2011), Radikale Historisierung. Kulturelle Selbstversicherung im Postdarwinismus(2011) and Anschauung denken (2011).Federico Vercellone (Professor of Aesthetics, University of Turin). Recent publications include Morfologie del moderno. Saggi di ermeneutica dell’immagine (2006); Oltre la bellezza (2008); Pensare per immagini (2010), with Olaf Breidbach; new German edition, 2011); and Le ragioni della forma (2011).