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By A. Voltolini

ISBN-10: 1137263296

ISBN-13: 9781137263292

ISBN-10: 1349442496

ISBN-13: 9781349442492

What's depiction? a brand new resolution is given to this venerable query by means of offering a syncretistic conception of depiction that attempts to mix the benefits of the former theories at the topic whereas shedding their defects. therefore, not just perceptual, but in addition either traditional and causal components give a contribution in making whatever an image of whatever else.

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Although this claim is contestable,8 I (along with others)9 find it to be correct, due to the reason I will immediately provide below. I therefore believe it is up to a semiotician to provide an answer to this problem. First of all, however, let me explain why I think that there is no principled distinction between transparent and opaque pictures. For one thing, if it turned out that the object a picture is about is not the causal origin of that picture, we would still take that picture to be about that object, although the picture would no longer be a transparent but rather an opaque one.

52 If this is the case, then in order to understand better how the bare bones content of a pictorial representation may work as the real mark of its figurativity we must look within it to see what it is really made of. 53 Similarly, for Kulvicki, the bare bones content of a pictorial representation is very thin as well. 55 By means of these reflections, we have arrived at two very important points. 56 As we saw before, semioticians à la Goodman instead believe that the figurativity of a picture relies only on the symbolic features of a pictorial system, hence without appealing to features linked to the perception of a pictorial representation.

That is to say, only if both transparent and opaque pictures are simply species of pictures as a whole. Although this claim is contestable,8 I (along with others)9 find it to be correct, due to the reason I will immediately provide below. I therefore believe it is up to a semiotician to provide an answer to this problem. First of all, however, let me explain why I think that there is no principled distinction between transparent and opaque pictures. For one thing, if it turned out that the object a picture is about is not the causal origin of that picture, we would still take that picture to be about that object, although the picture would no longer be a transparent but rather an opaque one.

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