Picture, Image and Experience: A Philosophical Inquiry

Cambridge University Press (1998)
How do pictures represent? In this book Robert Hopkins casts new light on an ancient question by connecting it to issues in the philosophies of mind and perception. He starts by describing several striking features of picturing that demand explanation. These features strongly suggest that our experience of pictures is central to the way they represent, and Hopkins characterizes that experience as one of resemblance in a particular respect. He deals convincingly with the objections traditionally assumed to be fatal to resemblance views, and shows how his own account is uniquely well-placed to explain picturing's key features. His discussion engages in detail with issues concerning perception in general, including how to describe phenomena that have long puzzled philosophers and psychologists, and the book concludes with an attempt to see what a proper understanding of picturing can tell us about that deeply mysterious phenomenon, the visual imagination.
Keywords Representation (Philosophy  Image (Philosophy  Perception  Experience  Aesthetics
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Call number B105.R4.H67 1998
ISBN(s) 0521582598   9780521582599  
DOI 10.1093/mind/110.438.481
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