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On ImagesTheir Structure and Content$
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John V. Kulvicki

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199290758

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/019929075X.001.0001

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Introduction: Alberti's Window, Leonardo's Mirror, and van Gogh's Room

Introduction: Alberti's Window, Leonardo's Mirror, and van Gogh's Room

(p.1) Introduction: Alberti's Window, Leonardo's Mirror, and van Gogh's Room
On Images

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This chapter reviews Nelson Goodman’s proposals concerning depiction, identifies problems with them, and suggests how they can be overcome without appealing to a perceptual account of pictorial representation. Goodman’s proposal is that all pictorial systems are relatively replete, syntactically dense, and semantically dense. This is problematic because repleteness is not as well-defined as it should be, and density requires that pictures be analog representations, while many seem to be digital. These conditions were never meant to be sufficient for a system to be pictorial, but the problem is that they seem to be unnecessary as well.

Keywords:   Goodman, relative repleteness, syntactic density, semantic density, analog, digital, character constitutive aspects, representational system, conventionalism

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