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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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(p.81) 4 Mimesis
On Images

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This chapter explores the range of pictorial representation. It considers many kinds of projective systems and shows how they all manage to satisfy the conditions set forth in Chapters 2 and 3 for being pictures. In addition, common systems of auditory representation turn out to be pictorial according to this view; this is surprising but not terribly counterintuitive. Tactile line drawings sometimes used by the blind also turn out to be pictorial on the account offered herein, and the discussion of bare-bones content suggests some new avenues of research on tactile pictures. The chapter closes by considering how well the structural account fares with respect to a list of explananda offered by Robert Hopkins as the gold standard for a theory of depiction.

Keywords:   projection, parallel projection, reverse perspective, oblique perspective, tactile pictures, auditory pictures, audio recordings, images, Hopkins

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