Kory Spencer Sorrell

in Representative Practices

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780823223541
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235582 | DOI:

Series: American Philosophy


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This chapter gives a brief introduction to the subject of the book. The book tackles the extraordinary and deeply problematic practice of representation. It also talks about the problems seen in the use of the term representation. A representation is a picture, an icon, or an image. On the other hand, a representation can also mean a kind of act that a group of persons carries out. It is a kind of authority or authorship. Moreover, representation takes on the meaning of “being on behalf of”—it is something which stands for something else. In any act of representation, three types of constraint should come into play: a representation should be accountable to what it represents, it should be produced under warranted and accountable authority, and it should be done in light of the ends that it will tend to manifest.

Keywords: representation; constraint; authority; authorship; accountable authority

Chapter.  2964 words. 

Subjects: Feminist Philosophy

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