Methodological ways of seeing and knowing

Authored by: Dvora Yanow

The Routledge Companion to Visual Organization

Print publication date:  August  2013
Online publication date:  January  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415783675
eBook ISBN: 9780203725610
Adobe ISBN: 9781135005474


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Seeing comes before words. … It is seeing which establishes our place in the surrounding world; we explain that world with words, but words can never undo the fact that we are surrounded by it. The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled. … [T]he knowledge, the explanation, never quite fits the sight.

(John Berger 1972: 7)

The crunch of the crostini, the slitheriness of the penne alla vodka – a question preoccupying philosophers is where these personal experiences … [of] qualia, the raw, subjective sense we have of colors, sounds, tastes, touches and smells … fit within a purely physical theory of the mind.

(Syracuse University, NY, philosopher Robert Van Gulick, in a talk at the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, Las Vegas conference, mentioned by reporter Johnson 2007)

And because I brought a critical approach to thinking about photography, I was interested in what these photographs were – not as windows through which you would look at a life and a world, but as cultural artifacts in their own right.

(Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, quoted in Gruber 2011)

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