Mats Rosengren
Rhetoric, Södertörn University, Sweden
Cave Art, Perception, Knowledge: A Doxic Investigation


Tuesday, October 22, 2013


12:00 pm – 1:30 pm


38 West 86th Street

Open to BGC faculty, staff, and students only.


Mats Rosengren will be giving a Brown Bag Lunch presentation on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, from 12:00 to 1:30 pm. His talk is entitled “Cave Art, Perception, Knowledge: A Doxic Investigation.”

Mats Rosengren is Professor of Rhetoric in the School of Culture and Education at Södertörn University in Sweden. He received his B.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Gothenburg. Prior to taking up his current position, Rosengren held faculty positions and research fellowships at the University of Gothenburg and Uppsala University and was a supervisor and board member for the Swedish Faculty for Design Research and Research Education, KTH Royal Institute of Technology. His primary research interests include the theory and history of rhetoric, epistemology and the theory of science, French philosophy, and cave art and artistic research with a focus on thinkers such as Plato, Montaigne, Chaim Perelman, Cornelius Castoriadis, Ernst Cassirer, and Gilles Deleuze. Rosengren’s recent publications include Cave Art, Perception and Knowledge (London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2012); Les émigrés grecs et leur influence sur le débat intellectuel français, co-editors, Servanne Jolivet and Christophe Premat (Paris: Éditions Le Manuscrit, 2012); and Doxologie: essai sur la connassiance (Paris: Hermann, 2011).

In the late nineteenth century, prehistoric mural paintings and engravings were discovered in northern Spain and southern France. In a presentation based on his new book, Cave Art, Perception, and Knowledge, Rosengren will consider epistemic questions related to images, depictions, and perception that have been prompted by this rich and much debated material. Focusing on historical and scientific circumstances and controversies and on the epistemic and perceptual problems related to these paintings, Rosengren will trace the outline of the doxa of cave art studies. Drawing upon Cornelius Castoriadis’s concept of technique and Ernst Cassirer’s notion of symbolic form, Rosengren will propose a new solution to the hermeneutical impasse where the interpretation of the paleolithic pictures currently finds itself.

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