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Stud Hist Philos Biol Biomed Sci. 2011 Dec;42(4):391-4. doi: 10.1016/j.shpsc.2011.07.008. Epub 2011 Aug 19.

Inducing visibilities: an attempt at Santiago Ramón y Cajal's aesthetic epistemology.

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Institute of Art and Visual Studies/Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte - IKB, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Dorotheenstrasse 28, D-10117 Berlin, Germany. erna.fiorentini@hu-berlin.de

Abstract

In this paper, I consider Santiago Ramón y Cajal's strategy of histological observation and imaging in terms of what I call "induction of visibility" (Fiorentini, 2011). Cajal's strategy of visibility induction drew upon both rational and aesthetic visual sensibility, and considered this interplay to be a constitutive element of knowledge production. I propose to describe Cajal's fundamental attitude towards visually inferred knowledge in terms of an "aesthetic epistemology".

PMID:
22035711
DOI:
10.1016/j.shpsc.2011.07.008
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