Thursday, 10 February 2011

Paul Virilio on philosophy and literature...

In a tv interview,

Cyberwar, God And Television:

Paul Virilio asserts:
I always write with images. I cannot write a book if I don't have images.

I believe that philosophy is part of literature, and not the reverse. Writing is not possible without images. Yet, images don't have to be descriptive; they can be concepts, and Deleuze and I often discuss this point. Concepts are mental images.<<

Two interesting points for consideration here:

1]Writing isn't possible without images (and the concomitant remark about philosophy as part of literature!)

2]Images can be concepts--and concepts are mental images.

The notion that concepts are mental images seems at least open to debate to me, since concepts are usually seen as separate from images, based on cognition rather than pictorially imbued (?) One has a mental image of a cat, does this predate the concept of the cat, or is the mental image of the cat identical to the concept of it?? Or, can one grasp the concept of a cat without a corresponding mental image?



1 comment:

  1. Sounds like Wittgenstein. Maybe Virilio needs to take a long walk off a short simulacrum.

    Concepts, in the sense Deleuze uses the word, are quite advanced things. I mean one of his examples is the monad of Leibniz