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Philosophical Perspectives on Depiction$
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Catharine Abell and Katerina Bantinaki

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199585960

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199585960.001.0001

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Pictorial Diversity

Pictorial Diversity

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(p.25) 1 Pictorial Diversity
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Philosophical Perspectives on Depiction
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John Kulvicki (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199585960.003.0002

There are undeniably many ways of depicting things, but it is unclear what the diversity of depictive representational systems consists in. What is a way of depicting something, and how many ways of depicting things are there? Pictorial diversity starts to seem interesting and confusing when one tries to fix a picture's content while varying its surface features, or vice versa. This chapter seeks to explain what is at issue in discussing pictorial diversity and to introduce two tools for understanding it: the notions of syntactic competition and semantic competition. The fact that pictures compete neither syntactically nor semantically places important constraints on picture interpretation.

Keywords:   depiction, representational system, syntactic competition, semantic competition, interpretation

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