The History of Vision

Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 73 (3):259-271 (2015)
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One of the most influential ideas of twentieth-century art history and aesthetics is that vision has a history and it is the task of art history to trace how vision has changed. This claim has recently been attacked for both empirical and conceptual reasons. My aim is to argue for a new version of the history of vision claim: if visual attention has a history, then vision also has a history. And we have some reason to think that at least in certain contexts, visual attention does have a history

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Bence Nanay
University of Antwerp


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