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Depiction and Convention

Blumson, Ben


By defining both depictive and linguistic representation as kinds of symbol system, Nelson Goodman attempts to undermine the platitude that, whereas linguistic representation is mediated by convention, depiction is mediated by resemblance. I argue that Goodman is right to draw a strong analogy between the two kinds of representation, but wrong to draw the counterintuitive conclusion that depiction is not mediated by resemblance.

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Dialectica
DOI: 10.1111/j.1746-8361.2008.01156.x


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