Reasons for looking: Lopes on the value of pictures

In ‘Sight and Sensibility: Evaluating Pictures’ Dominic Lopes attempts two things. First, he attempts to solve the ‘Puzzle of Mimesis’: why do we value looking at pictures over looking at the things they depict? Second, he defends ‘interactionism’: the view that some aesthetic evaluations of pictures imply evaluations in moral and cognitive terms. I argue that the attempt to solve the Puzzle turns on the notion of ‘inflection’, and that that notion is more problematic than Lopes admits. I further argue that Lopes’s defence of interactionism in fact establishes a thesis weaker than desired.
Keywords D.M.Lopes  Painting, aesthetics of  Inflection
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DOI 10.1111/j.1933-1592.2008.00208.x
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