© 1999

Shapes of Forms

From Gestalt Psychology and Phenomenology to Ontology and Mathematics

  • Liliana Albertazzi

Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 275)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Liliana Albertazzi
    Pages 1-17
  3. Alf Zimmer
    Pages 51-88
  4. Giovanni Bruno Vicario
    Pages 89-106
  5. Michael Stadler, Sabine Pfaff, Peter Kruse
    Pages 107-122
  6. Riccardo Luccio
    Pages 123-148
  7. Manfredo Massironi, Maria Chiara Levorato
    Pages 149-176
  8. Alberto Peruzzi
    Pages 191-243
  9. Roberto Poli
    Pages 245-256
  10. Liliana Albertazzi
    Pages 257-305
  11. John F. Sowa
    Pages 307-340
  12. Jacek Jadacki
    Pages 341-359
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 361-378

About this book


impossible triangle, after apprehension of the perceptively given mode of being of that 'object', the visual system assumes that all three sides touch on all three sides, whereas this happens on only one side. In fact, the sides touch only optically, because they are separate in depth. In Meinong's words, Penrose's triangle has been inserted in an 'objective', or in what we would today call a "cognitive schema". Re-examination of the Graz school's theory, as said, sheds light on several problems concerning the theory of perception, and, as Luccio points out in his contribution to this book, it helps to eliminate a number of over-simplistic commonplaces, such as the identification of the cognitivist notion of 'top down' with Wertheimer's 'von oben unten', and of 'bottom up' with his 'von unten nach oben'. In fact, neither Hochberg's and Gregory's 'concept-driven' perception nor Gibson's 'data-driven' perception coincide with the original conception of the Gestalt.


cognitive science concept event language ontology phenomenology

Editors and affiliations

  • Liliana Albertazzi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Social ResearchUniversity of TrentoTrentoItaly

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Shapes of Forms
  • Book Subtitle From Gestalt Psychology and Phenomenology to Ontology and Mathematics
  • Editors L. Albertazzi
  • Series Title Synthese Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-5246-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-5098-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-017-2990-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VI, 378
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Science
    Philosophy of Language
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