Seeing as Practice

Philosophical Investigations into the Relation Between Sight and Insight

  • Eva Schuermann

Part of the Performance Philosophy book series (PPH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
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  11. Back Matter
    Pages 205-209

About this book


This study provides an overview of philosophical questions relating to sight and vision. It discusses the intertwinement of seeing and ways of seeing against the background of an entirely different theoretical framework.

Seeing is both a proven means of acquiring information and a personality-specific way of disclosing the apparent, perceptible world, conditioned by individual and cultural variations. In a peculiar way, the eye holds a middle position between inside and outside of the self and its relations towards itself and others. This book provides a way out of false alternatives by offering a third way with reference to concrete cases of aesthetical and ethical experiences. It will be of particular interest to scholars of the phenomenology of sight and it will be valuable to students of philosophy, cultural studies and art.


Performativity Visual perception Aesthetic experience Ethics Vision Wittgenstein Merleau-Ponty Bourdieu J. L. Austin Picture theory

Authors and affiliations

  • Eva Schuermann
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  1. 1.Otto-von-Guericke UniversityMagdeburgGermany

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