Ethics, Æsthetics, Ecology, Education

Supplemental Application Procedure

Supplemental Application Procedure: Eye and Mind

The name of the procedure refers to Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s last published essay, “Eye and Mind.”  See The Merleau-Ponty Aesthetics Reader: Philosophy and Painting (Northwestern University Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy), edited by Michael B. Smith, with an introduction by Galen A. Johnson (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 1994), 121–149.

Challenge:  Select two of the images below, static or moving, and submit a critique for each of them.  One of the two must be written—350 words maximum—while the other can take a visual form or a mixed visual-verbal form.

What we're looking for:  Critical thinking, creativity, curiosity, acuity, nuance, sense-based intelligence, powers of extrapolation, and innovative combinations of aesthetic and socio-political critique.


The OICR Supplemental Application Procedure: Eye and Mind tests for creativity, critical thinking, sense-based intelligence, and the ability to combine aesthetic and socio-political critique in innovative ways.