On the Nature of Things
Philosopher with a Book
"A relation which relates itself to its own self..."
Logic and Computability
An Honest Look
Struggle of the Towers
The Virtues of Study
The Original Position
Let many flowers bloom
Cave DrawingsPlato, paired with the Lascaux cave drawings, to reflect Plato's famous allegory.
Reflected FormsPlato. Paired with Andy Warhol's screenprint style, since his fascination with the degradation of the image through screenprinting echoes Plato's analysis of the forms as imperfectly reflected in the material world.Original available.
On the Nature of ThingsAristotle. Paired with DaVinci's sketchbook style, for their similarly exacting studies of nature.
Contingent Co-occurrenceDavid Hume. Paired with Eduardo Paolozzi, whose mosaic style reflects Hume's dictum that there are no necessary connections between distinct essences.
Frozen DelightsJeremy Bentham. Paired with Wayne Thiebaud, largely for Bentham's emphasis on hedonist utilitarianism, but partly also for his famous desires concerning the preservation of his body upon death.
Philosopher with a BookImmanuel Kant. Paired with Pablo Picasso, since both focused a great deal of their work on the obstacles to direct perception of the external world.
MonadsGottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, who developed a metaphysics according to which the world is made up of atom-like 'monads', paired with contemporary pointilist Chuck Close.
"A relation which relates itself to its own self..."Soren Kierkegaard, in the style of Roy Lichtenstein. This image pairing reflects the opening line of Kierkegaard's Sickness Unto Death, in which he defines 'the self' as a relation which relates itself to its own self.
Evening StarGottlob Frege. Paired with Van Gogh's Starry Night, as a pun on Frege's famous puzzle about the significance of learning that "Hesperus is Phosphorus."
FrameworksRudolf Carnap. Paired with László Moholy-Nagy, whose work Carnap considered most in line with the spirit of his own.
Ecce HomoFriedrich Nietzsche. Paired with Paul Klee, for their similar emphasis on delight in primitive forms.
Propositional StructuresBertrand Russell. Rendered in an Art-Deco style.
Formulaic, v.1Ruth Barcan Marcus. In the style of Roy Lichtenstein, an artist whose work is similarly focused on the analysis of a particular formula. Translated from symbolic modal logic, this reads "If everything is necessarily F, then necessarily, everything is F."
Converse FormulaRuth Barcan Marcus. In the style of Roy Lichtenstein, an artist whose work is similarly focused on the analysis of a particular formula. The image and formula are the converse of 'Formulaic v.1'.
Logic and ComputabilityKurt Gödel. Rendered in the Art-Nouveau style, for its emphasis on recursion, since they echo Godel's prominent work in recursive proofs in logic.
Logical SpaceLudwig Wittgenstein. Paired with Piet Mondrian, for their similar beliefs about the logic of space.
An Honest LookIris Murdoch. Paired with Lucian Freud, for similar emphasis on avoiding idealization.
Meh.Albert Camus, paired with Edvard Munch's The Scream.
Self-ConstructionSimone De Beauvoir. Paired with Frida Kahlo for their shared interest in self-portrayal and the social construction of femininity.
Struggle of the TowersWEB Du Bois. Paired with Aaron Douglas, for many reasons: their careers were closely connected, and both focused their work on the double-consciousness of Black Americans in a predominantly white society.
The Virtues of StudyPhilippa Foot. Paired with Toulouse Lautrec, for their parallel interests in the relationship between moral norms and the norms of ettiquette.
The Original PositionJohn Rawls. Paired with Rene Magritte, whose work abstracts from the individualizing features of actual subjects in a way that renders them interchangable, but still seemingly masculine.
Let many flowers bloomDavid Lewis. Based on Van Gogh's portrait of a Postman, on account of Lewis' tolerance of a plethora of views.
Action PhilosophyGEM Anscombe. Paired with Jackson Pollock, an American action painter; the work of each centers on the nature and consequences of action.
Desert LandscapesWVO Quine. Paired with Salvador Dali, based on a shared preference for desert landscapes.
Expressive DiscordC.L. Stevenson, paired with Barnett Newman’s ‘Concord’, for their parallel interest in the logic of expressive forms.
StandardsP.F. Strawson, paired with Ed Ruscha for their similarly exacting work on the contours of natural language.
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