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Sight and Sensibility: Evaluating Pictures

Dominic McIver Lopes


Pictures are vehicles for seeing-in—they enable us to see scenes in marked surfaces. However, seeing-in takes several forms. In some cases, the scene is seen together with the marked surface, and, in other cases, seeing the scene excludes seeing the marked surface. In every case, evaluating a picture as a picture involves evaluating it as a vehicle for seeing-in. But evaluation, like seeing-in, comes in many flavours. Aesthetic, cognitive, and moral evaluations of pictures are especially prominent in picture criticism. These three types of evaluation of pictures interact, for one may imply ano ... More

Keywords: aesthetics, art, cognition, criticism, depiction, ethics, evaluation, perception, pictures, value, vision

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199277346
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005 DOI:10.1093/0199277346.001.0001


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Dominic McIver Lopes, author
Department of Philosophy, University of British Columbia
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