Seeing-in and seeming to see

Analysis 72 (4):650-659 (2012)
When we see something in a picture, do we enjoy visual experience as of the depicted object? Gombrichians say yes: when viewing ordinary pictures we simultaneously see the picture and seem to see its object. But why, then, isn’t seeing-in contradictory, and how are these two elements somehow integrated into a single experience? Gombrichians’ attempts to answer appeal either to our awareness of the picture’s design, or to the idea that picture and object are not given as in the same place. I argue that neither answer is successful, and thus that Gombrichianism is false
Keywords seeing-in  trompe l'oeil  experience of pictures
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DOI 10.1093/analys/ans119
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