Hülür, Himmet
June 2008
Ekev Academic Review;Summer2008, Vol. 12 Issue 36, p171
Academic Journal
This article emphasizes the problematic nature of vision and language and it takes Michel Foucault's thoughts into consideration. Foucault is an ardent opponent of the metaphysics of meaning and representation as well as he has a critical stance against the thought of presence. Therefore, how vision and language are ordered, how the visible became visible, how the sayable became sayable are among his main concerns. He stresses on the historical and fragile being of light and language, vision and articulation and on their alterations, transformations and metamorphosis, as well as on how these two are connected to each other in a certain period. By trying to capture the visible and sayable in the phase of their formation, he determines emptiness on their roots. This means determining the muteness of word and the blindness of vision, this, at the same time, includes the infinite effort of seeing the unseen and of saying the unsaid. This infiniteness may open the effort of seeing to the "art of seeing".


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