Objects, Subjects and Objectivity: Objectivity, Divination and the Sublime

Hannah Drayson and Martha Blassnigg

The seminar will be contextualised by the rhetoric of scientific instruments and (re)consider Lorraine Daston and Peter Galison’s  2007 book, Objectivity, in the light of the topic of this seminar series (‘Transdisciplinarity: Deep History, Contingency and the Sublime’) and discussions dealing with instrumental action and belief.

We will try to situate this discussion in the context of Deep History and the Sublime through the connection between James’, Marey’s and Bergson’s involvement with psychological phenomena that challenged the positive paradigm of causality. One of the aspects of this topic that we hope to address is the  growing realisation that some key questions explored in contemporary science have important parallels in the Arts and Humanities.