The Usefulness of Projective Analysis in Examining Artistic Renderings of Philosophical Perspectives

By Scot Rademaker.

Published by The International Journal of Arts Theory and History

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Art creates an in-depth understanding of the world around us. It is important to appreciate the aesthetics of learning in a way that allows for a creative output through an imaginative and generative process. This employs the use of psychoanalytic techniques applied to a first year doctoral philosophies of inquiry course, and the cohort’s interpretation of philosophical epistemologies through artistic representations. Projective analysis was implemented in order to allow for a broader understanding of the meaning of certain perspectives through the lens of arts-based educational research (Barone 2001). After asking students to represent their expert knowledge in a visual manner, the author analyzed the drawings and provided a comprehensive examination of what was drawn. The conclusions are related to how certain arts-based methods can be used to enhance the understanding of certain forms of philosophical inquiries and delve into the meaning of how certain epistemologies are examined by doctoral candidates.

Keywords: Psychoanalytic Techniques, Arts-based Research, Philosophy

The International Journal of Arts Theory and History, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp.1-15. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 408.857KB).

Scot Rademaker

Doctoral Candidate, Department of Special Education, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA

Scot is currently a doctoral candidate for a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Special Education at the University of South Florida. His areas of focus are educational leadership and evaluation. He has a B.A. in psychology from Miami University and a M.S. in Psychology from Barry University.