Academic journal article Review of Contemporary Philosophy

The Miracle of Analogy or the History of Photography, Part 1

Academic journal article Review of Contemporary Philosophy

The Miracle of Analogy or the History of Photography, Part 1

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The Miracle of Analogy or the History of Photography, Part 1 Kaja Silverman (University of Pennsylvania) Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2015, 203 pp. ISBN 978-0-8047-9399-5

Silverman points out that as an analogue photograph is the gleaming evidence of what was before the camera when the photograph was made, it substantiates its referent's reality, exactly as a footprint confirms the reality of the foot that constituted it. Photography is the world's dominant manner of exhibiting itself to us - of proving that it is present, and that it will incessantly surpass us, and is in addition a n ontologica l calling card, assisting us in perceiving that each of us is a meeting point in an immense arrangement of analogies - the anonymous and untranscendable resemblances that configure Being and that assign everything the same ontological significance (there is no metaphysical operation to which they can be attributed, and no other sphere to which we may leave, with the intention of being alone). Photography can reveal the world, indicate us that it is organized by analogy, and assist us in presupposing our position within it as it is also analogical.

The findings r eferr ed t o here suggest that p hotogra phy corr elates the analogies that are inherent in the center of human perception: those via which we perceive and are perceived. …

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