The Mind’s Eye

  • Evelyn Fox Keller
  • Christine R. Grontkowski
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 161)


Feminist thought in the 1970’s and 80’s echoes a number of themes familiar from radical thought of the 60’s. One such theme appears in the revolt against the traditional Western hierarchy of the senses. In this view, the emphasis accorded the visual in Western thought is not only symptomatic of the alienation of modern man, but is itself a major factor in the disruption of man’s “natural” relation to the world. The logic1 of Western thought is too rooted in the visual; its failure, it is implied, derives from an unwholesome division of the senses.


Western Thought Visual Metaphor Metaphoric Function Dynamic Neutrality Pure Thought 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Evelyn Fox Keller
    • 1
  • Christine R. Grontkowski
    • 2
  1. 1.Northeastern UniversityBostonUSA
  2. 2.College at PurchaseState University of New YorkUSA

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