Multistable FiguresOn the Critical Potential of Ir/Reversible Aspect-SeeingVienna: Turia + Kant, 2014
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Cite as: Christoph F. E. Holzhey, ‘Oscillations and Incommensurable Decisions: On the Multistable Use of Multistable Figures’, 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. 215–46 <>

Oscillations and Incommensurable DecisionsOn the Multistable Use of Multistable FiguresChristoph F. E. HolzheyORCID

Keywords: analysis (philosophy); aspect seeing; figure of thought; multistable figures; multistable visual perception; multistability; Kuhn, Thomas – The structure of scientific revolutions; philosophy of science

The children’s book Duck! Rabbit! dramatizes the lesson that just because one is right, others don’t have to be wrong. An endless dispute is quickly settled once the quarrellers experience an aspect change or gestalt switch and thereby realize that the same picture can be seen in different ways. This simple scenario offers an intriguing model for arbitrating between conflicting positions by going back and forth between different aspects and thereby realizing that conflicting accounts can be equally valid.


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