The Pleasure of Symbolic Expression and the Consciousness of Signs

Elena Bellavia


At the turn of the 20th century, science seemed to abandon the claim to capture and reproduce reality directly, to the point of understanding that any objectification it can achieve, in truth is a mediation by analogy. This awareness was expressed in many different ways in the scientific and artistic fields. This paper aims to highlight the influence of this passage in the process of signification of the data of reality a red thread of symbolic research that passes through the most wide-ranging disciplines philosophy, psychology and linguistics, as well as painting and poetry leading the consciousness of Western man to include the unity of mind, body and emotions in the spirit.


Key words: Gestalt - Meaning - Symbol - Metaphor 

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