London: Faber and Faber, 1970. 1st Edition. Hardcover. 8vo (imperial). Near Fine / Near Fine. Item #010083
Full brown cloth boards. xi, 345 pp. B&W illustrations in text. Light rubbing to extremities. Sunning to edges of endpapers and toning to edges of text block. Dust jacket sunned to spine and edges, bumped to edges, a few short tears. Rudolf Arnheim is widely known for his psychological studies of the forms and functions of art. His new contention in Visual Thinking is provocative and far-ranging. He asserts that all thinking is basically perceptual in nature, and that the ancient dichotomy between seeing and thinking, between perceiving and reasoning, is false and misleading. He shows that even the fundamental processes of vision involve mechanisms typical of reasoning, and he describes problem-solving in the arts as well as imagery in the 'thought-models' of science. The materials used in the argument came from philosophers ancient and modern; from psychological laboratory experiments; from work on the perception and art-work of children; from scientific writings in physics and astronomy.