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On Creation, Cave Art and Perception: a Doxological Approach
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Literature.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9062-448X
2019 (English)In: Voprosy filosofii, ISSN 0042-8744, no 8, p. 80-93Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Presenting doxology as a post-phenomenological way of approaching epistemic and perceptual questions, this article draws on the problematic of "cave art" and contemporary cognitive science. Perception and cognition are not reflections of objective reality; they are forms of creative productivity, specific for man and depending on both biological and sociocultural factors. Departing from some of the main ideas of E. Cassirer, L. Fleck, P. Bourdieu and J. Derrida, the author shows the complexities of the interweaving of biological and social factors in the perception process. Analyzing the first attempts at understanding paleolithic mural cave art, the author tries to answer the question of how man creates new knowledge needed for living in our human world (see also [Rosengren 2012, 63-72]). A central tenet is that human knowledge has never been and will never be epistemic (in the Platonic sense), since man does not have direct unmediated access to reality itself. Defending this idea, the author gives a doxological interpretation of Protagoras' homo-mensura thesis (see also: [Rosengren 2014, 171-178]) and, in fact, speaks of the need to abandon the principles of traditional and, as it were, metaphysical theory of knowledge. Instead, he proposes to take a doxic point of departure and proceed from the observed situatedness and the variability of our knowledge.

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Moscow: Mezhdunarodnaya Kniga , 2019. no 8, p. 80-93
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E. Cassirer, C. Castoriadis, doxology, epistemology, paleolithic art, cave art, perception, knowledge, creativity
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Philosophy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-396439DOI: 10.31857/S004287440006036-4ISI: 000490345700012OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-396439DiVA, id: diva2:1370111
Available from: 2019-11-14 Created: 2019-11-14 Last updated: 2019-11-14Bibliographically approved

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