Kinaesthetic Knowing: Aesthetics, Epistemology, Modern Design by Zeynep Çelik AlexanderKinaesthetic Knowing: Aesthetics, Epistemology, Modern Design by Zeynep Çelik Alexander

Kinaesthetic Knowing: Aesthetics, Epistemology, Modern Design

byZeynep Çelik Alexander

Hardcover | December 8, 2017

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Is all knowledge the product of thought? Or can the physical interactions of the body with the world produce reliable knowledge? In late-nineteenth-century Europe, scientists, artists, and other intellectuals theorized the latter as a new way of knowing, which Zeynep Çelik Alexander here dubs “kinaesthetic knowing.”     
In this book, Alexander offers the first major intellectual history of kinaesthetic knowing and its influence on the formation of modern art and architecture and especially modern design education. Focusing in particular on Germany and tracing the story up to the start of World War II, Alexander reveals the tension between intellectual meditation and immediate experience to be at the heart of the modern discourse of aesthetics, playing a major part in the artistic and teaching practices of numerous key figures of the period, including Heinrich Wölfflin, Hermann Obrist, August Endell, László Moholy-Nagy, and many others. Ultimately, she shows, kinaesthetic knowing did not become the foundation of the human sciences, as some of its advocates had hoped, but it did lay the groundwork—at such institutions as the Bauhaus—for modern art and architecture in the twentieth century. 
Zeynep Çelik Alexander is an architectural historian. She teaches at the University of Toronto.  
Title:Kinaesthetic Knowing: Aesthetics, Epistemology, Modern DesignFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 10 × 7 × 1.2 inPublished:December 8, 2017Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022648520X

ISBN - 13:9780226485201

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Table of Contents

Introduction: A Peculiar Experiment

1          Kinaesthetic Knowing: The Nineteenth-Century Biography of Another Kind of Knowledge
2          Looking: Wölfflin’s Comparative Vision
3          Affecting: Endell’s Mathematics of Living Feeling
4          Drawing: The Debschitz School and Formalism’s Subject
5          Designing: Discipline and Introspection at the Bauhaus


Selected Bibliography

Editorial Reviews

"Through sheer force of erudition and archival imagination, Zeynep Çelik Alexander brilliantly demonstrates the convergence around 1900 of aesthetic philosophy, psychology, and modernist design pedagogy in an experimental epistemology based on bodily movement. As she shows, this paradigm recalibrated longstanding philosophical antinomies like mind versus body in a manner that casts bright historical light on today’s renewed interest in affect and embodiment. Dramatically revising our understanding of German formalist aesthetics during the long nineteenth century, Kinaesthetic Knowing tracks neo-Kantianism’s alter ego from Helmholtz to Freud, from Wundt to Wölfflin, and from Obrist to the Bauhaus. This is intellectual and cultural history of the highest order, from the ground up."