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Philosophical Perspectives on Depiction

Catharine Abell and Katerina Bantinaki (eds)

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199585960
eISBN:
9780191723490
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199585960.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Mind

Pictures are representations that depict their objects. Although depiction plays as important a role as language in contemporary culture and communication, its function is relatively poorly ... More


Sight and Sensibility: Evaluating Pictures

Dominic McIver Lopes

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780199277346
eISBN:
9780191602641
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199277346.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

Pictures are vehicles for seeing-in—they enable us to see scenes in marked surfaces. However, seeing-in takes several forms. In some cases, the scene is seen together with the marked surface, and, in ... More


Wollheim on Pictorial Representation

Jerrold Levinson

in Contemplating Art: Essays in Aesthetics

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780199206179
eISBN:
9780191709982
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206179.003.0014
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

This essay was written as a contribution to a symposium in honour of the distinguished aesthetician Richard Wollheim, and begins with a sympathetic summary of his highly influential account of ... More


Objects, Names, Facts, and Propositions

Denis McManus

in The Enchantment of Words: Wittgenstein's “Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus”

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780199288021
eISBN:
9780191713446
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199288021.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter presents some of the crucial proposals that the Tractatus offers concerning the nature of objects, facts, propositions, names, and what he calls ‘the internal relation of depicting that ... More


Invisible

Aviad Kleinberg

in The Sensual God: How the Senses Make the Almighty Senseless

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780231174701
eISBN:
9780231540247
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231174701.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

Where outraged iconoclasts and horrified philosophers are told that seeing is believing.


Draw

Christopher Piñón

in Lexical Semantics, Syntax, and Event Structure

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199544325
eISBN:
9780191720536
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199544325.003.0013
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics

This chapter is concerned with the denotation of the object argument of verbs of creation. Through an examination of the verb draw, Piñón argues that the object of verbs of creation cannot in general ... More


Fictive Pictures

Dominic Lopes

in Understanding Pictures

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199272037
eISBN:
9780191699566
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272037.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Mind

In this chapter, a descriptivist version of the proposal that fictive depiction depends on pictorial content is first explored. The description account of fictive representation supports the idea of ... More


Genesis of a Narrative Process

Jonathan D. Bellman

in Chopin's Polish Ballade Op. 38 as Narrative of National Martyrdom

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195338867
eISBN:
9780199863723
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195338867.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition, History, Western

Since the latter part of the eighteenth century, a variety of musical strategies had evolved for telling stories in tones. The most basic of these was depiction; drawing on traditions reaching back ... More


Michael Podro 1931–2008

ALEXANDER POTTS

in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 172, Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, X

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780197264904
eISBN:
9780191754081
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264904.003.0012
Subject:
History, Historiography

Michael Podro was a scholar who exterted a considerable influence on the study of art history. His first book was The Manifold in Perception: Theories of Art from Kant to Hildebrand (1972). After ... More


Image and Instant: The Pictorial Representation of Time

Robin Le Poidevin

in The Images of Time: An Essay on Temporal Representation

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780199265893
eISBN:
9780191708619
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199265893.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Can a painting or photograph represent movement and the passage of time? A traditional distinction, due to G. E. Lessing, between the arts of time and the arts of space suggests not: a static image ... More


The Look of a Picture

Malcolm Budd

in Aesthetic Essays

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199556175
eISBN:
9780191721151
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199556175.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter offers an account of the way a picture looks when it is seen as a depiction of its subject. The account — a perceived-resemblance account — is based on the idea of seeing one thing as ... More


Introduction

Catharine Abell and Katerina Bantinaki

in Philosophical Perspectives on Depiction

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199585960
eISBN:
9780191723490
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199585960.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Mind

Although depiction plays as important a role as language in contemporary culture and communication, this role is relatively poorly understood. While the philosophy of language has long been ... More


Pictorial Diversity

John Kulvicki

in Philosophical Perspectives on Depiction

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199585960
eISBN:
9780191723490
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199585960.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Mind

There are undeniably many ways of depicting things, but it is unclear what the diversity of depictive representational systems consists in. What is a way of depicting something, and how many ways of ... More


Picture this: Image‐based Demonstratives

Dominic McIver Lopes

in Philosophical Perspectives on Depiction

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199585960
eISBN:
9780191723490
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199585960.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Mind

Pictures can be vehicles for demonstrative reference because they put their perceivers in a perceptual state of the kind that grounds demonstrative reference. This is a state that represents objects ... More


The Epistemic Value of Photographs

Catharine Abell

in Philosophical Perspectives on Depiction

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199585960
eISBN:
9780191723490
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199585960.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Mind

There is a variety of epistemic roles to which photographs are better suited than non‐photographic pictures. Photographs provide more compelling evidence of the existence of the scenes they depict ... More


Depictive Seeing and Double Content

John Dilworth

in Philosophical Perspectives on Depiction

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199585960
eISBN:
9780191723490
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199585960.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Mind

A picture provides both configurational content concerning its design features, and pictorial or recognitional content about its external subject. This chapter argues that a picture's design both ... More


Fictions

Jody Azzouni

in Talking About Nothing: Numbers, Hallucinations and Fictions

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199738946
eISBN:
9780199866175
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199738946.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Fictional discourse, this chapter shows, is a truth-apt discourse that’s supported on and defers to what may be described as a pretence (or story-telling) practice that isn’t truth-apt. Nevertheless, ... More


Introduction

Dominic Lopes

in Understanding Pictures

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199272037
eISBN:
9780191699566
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272037.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Mind

How do pictures represent? The intuitive concept of a picture runs something like ‘a two-dimensional representation that looks like what it represents’. However, the idea that ‘looking like’ explains ... More


Goodman’s Symbol Theory

Dominic Lopes

in Understanding Pictures

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199272037
eISBN:
9780191699566
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272037.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Mind

In Languages of Art, Goodman argues that just as words, descriptions, and sentences are symbols belonging to languages, so pictures are symbols in systems of representation. In this chapter, before ... More


Picturing Pictures

Dominic Lopes

in Understanding Pictures

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199272037
eISBN:
9780191699566
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272037.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Mind

Pictorial variations illustrate one way in which the aspectual content characteristic of depiction can itself become the focus of artful picture-making. As the chapter title suggests, how a picture ... More


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