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

John V. Kulvicki

in On Images

Published in print August 2006 | ISBN: 9780199290758
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191604010 | DOI:
 Introduction: Alberti's Window, Leonardo's Mirror, and van Gogh's Room

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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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Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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