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Ribbon of Darkness By Barbara Maria Stafford

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Ribbon of Darkness: Inferencing from the Shadowy Arts and Sciences by Barbara Maria Stafford

Over the course of her career, Barbara Stafford has established herself the preeminent scholar of the intersections of the arts and sciences, articulating new theories and methods for understanding the sublime, the mysterious, the inscrutable. Omnivorous in her research, she has published work that embraces neuroscience and philosophy, biology and culture, pinpointing connections among each discipline's parallel concerns. Ribbon of Darkness is a monument to the scope of her work and the range of her intellect. At times associative, but always incisive, the essays in this new volume take on a distinctly contemporary purpose: to uncover the ethical force and moral aspects of overlapping scientific and creative inquiries. This shared territory, Stafford argues, offers important insights into--and clarifications of--current dilemmas about personhood, the supposedly menial nature of manual skill, the questionable borderlands of gene editing, the potentially refining value of dualism, and the limits of a materialist worldview. Stafford organizes these essays around three concepts that structure the book: inscrutability, ineffability, and intuitability. All three, she explains, allow us to examine how both the arts and the sciences imaginatively infer meaning from the "veiled behavior of matter," bringing these historically divided subjects into a shared intellectual inquiry and imbuing them with an ethical urgency. A vanguard work at the intersection of the arts and sciences, this book will be sure to guide readers from either realm into unfamiliar yet undeniably fertile territory.

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Ribbon of Darkness Reviews

"Ribbon of Darkness is at once an account of the intellectual quest and of the invisible thread running through the author's entire oeuvre and a thought-provoking account of the epistemic challenge to the arts and sciences by the 'veiled behavior of matter.' True to style, Stafford has directed a bright light to blend out the future of arts and science. Hugely readable, sharp in observations and penetrating in its account of contemporary images, the essays are the essential tooling for the arts and science of our time."--Susanne Kuechler, University College London "Waggish"
"Stafford has given us fascinating new insights into the histories of art, science, and media--again enlightening for the understanding of our times. Ribbon of Darkness is excellent research, a great read, and a must on the bookshelf."--Oliver Grau, Danube University "Waggish"

About Barbara Maria Stafford

Barbara M. Stafford is William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of art history at the University of Chicago. She is the author of many books, including Echo Objects, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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Ribbon of Darkness: Inferencing from the Shadowy Arts and Sciences by Barbara Maria Stafford
Barbara Maria Stafford
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