Picture this: Image‐based Demonstratives

Dominic McIver Lopes

in Philosophical Perspectives on Depiction

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199585960
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191723490 | DOI:

Series: Mind Association Occasional Series

Picture this: Image‐based Demonstratives

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Pictures can be vehicles for demonstrative reference because they put their perceivers in a perceptual state of the kind that grounds demonstrative reference. This is a state that represents objects as lying at various distances and directions from a viewpoint. In particular, seeing objects in pictures grounds demonstrative reference to objects when it represents them as lying at various distances and directions from a viewpoint which overlaps with the perspective of the picture's perceiver. Depiction grounds demonstrative reference because picture perception engages motor vision.

Keywords: picture; depiction; demonstrative reference; perception; perspective; motor vision

Chapter.  9389 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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