Representación visual de argumentos filosóficos

Este listado fue difundido en la lista de discusión la.philoso-l. La representación visual, como elemento didáctico o como herramienta de investigación tiene una larga historia en la filosofía y en las humanidades en general.

John Mullarkey: Post-Continental Philosophy: An Outline (Continuum 2006), ch. 5 “Thinking in Diagrams”

Reinhard Brandt, Philosophie in Bildern. Köln: DuMont 2000 (discusses representations of philosophy or philosophers in art)

Jeff McLaughlin. Comics as Philosophy. Lean Marketing Press, 2005
Forthcoming by the same author: Philosophy in Black and White and color (on film as a medium for philosophy)

Michele Le Doeuff (2002) The philosophical imaginary, Continuum, contains several articles about the use of the visual by philosophers. (Originally published in 1980 as L’imaginaire philosophique, by Edition Payot.)

Peter Bernhard…
Works on visualization of logical and mathematical concepts.
Article: Euler Diagrams as a Visual Method of Proof in Syllogistic. In: Representaciones. Journal of Studies on Representation in Art, Science, and Philosophy 2, 2, S. 47-60. 2006.
Book: Euler-Diagramme. Zur Morphologie einer Repräsentationsform in der Logik. Paderborn: mentis, 2001.

Andrew Wear (andrewwear [AT] is working on a dissertation with the title “Thinking Takes Form: Philosophical Investigations into Contemporary Art” and would be happy to share his work with anyone interested.
Among other things, he gives readings of single works of art alongside a philosophical text.

Annamaria Carusi, Oxford e-Research Centre, University of Oxford (, is looking at philosophy engines: technology and reading/ writing/ thinking philosophy as well as visualization in e-media, and how it affects the way in which ideas are represented.
Here is a link to one of her articles:

On visual metaphors used by philosophers: Kenneth Burke’s A Grammar of Motives, Part II, The Philosophic Schools

Robert Zaborowski “Sur un certain detail négligé dans la caverne de Platon” Organon 35 (2006)
Argues that Plato’s cave simile resists visualization and collects for this purpose a considerable number of examples.

VISUALIZATION METHODS (not only for philosophers)

Tufte, E.R., 1983. The visual display of quantitative information.
Graphics Press, Cheshire, Conn. (Box 430, Cheshire 06410).
Tufte, E.R., 1997. Visual Explanations : Images and Quantities,
Evidence and Narrative. Graphics Press, Cheshire, Conn.
Tufte, E.R., 1990. Envisioning information. Graphics Press, Cheshire,
Conn. (P.O. Box 430, Cheshire 06410).

Tim van Gelder: on visualising arguments. Some freely accessible publications (and drafts) on:


dtv-Atlas für Philosophie by Franz-Peter Burkard

Donald Palmer.Looking At Philosophy: The Unbearable Heaviness of Philosophy Made Lighter. McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages, 5th ed. (?), 2009.…

Series “Introducing …”, e.g. “Introducing Nietzsche”, published with Icon Books Ltd.

Anthony Kenny (ed.), The Oxford Illustrated History of Western Philosophy, Oxford UP 2001 (many of the images are also in Anthony Kenny, An Illustrated Brief History of Western Philosophy. Kindle Edition, Wiley-Blackwell 2006, and his Oxford History of Western Philosophy)

Milton Hunnex’s Chronological and Thematic Charts of Philosophies and Philosophers. (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Academie Books, 1961/1983).

B) OTHER MATERIAL Andrew Stephenson ( has made a detailed map of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason, which he is happy to share.
A 3-dimensional device for teaching syllogisms to blind people. Laurence Goldstein fragen.

Duck-Rabbit; Whale-Kangaroo

Chris Alen Sula has been working on a project ( with David Morrow that attempts to visualize people, places, and ideas in the field. They attempt visualize influence through networks of social interaction. A paper on the project is forthcoming in a special issue of Synthese on Representing Philosophy called “Naturalized Philosophy”:

Also recommended to me was a film “Stalker” by Andrei Tarkovsky <>