Multistable FiguresOn the Critical Potential of Ir/Reversible Aspect-SeeingVienna: Turia + Kant, 2014
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Cite as: Christoph F. E. Holzhey, ‘Introduction’, in Multistable Figures: On the Critical Potential of Ir/Reversible Aspect-Seeing, ed. by Christoph F. E. Holzhey, Cultural Inquiry, 8 (Vienna: Turia + Kant, 2014), pp. 07–21 <>

IntroductionChristoph F. E. HolzheyORCID


The experience of multistable figures or so-called Kippbilder – the sudden and repeated ‘kippen’ of perception as the same object is seen under different aspects – is fascinating in its own right. However, what animated the year-long discussion leading to this volume was a critical exploration of the proposition that such figures may offer a helpful model for thinking through the intercultural and interdisciplinary effort of productively negotiating between conflicting positions.

Keywords: Aesthetics; aspect seeing; critical thinking; figure of thought; heuristic; knowledge, theory of; multistable figures: multistability; science

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