Internal and external pictures

Catherine Abell*, Gregory Currie

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

What do pictures and mental images have in common? The contemporary tendency to reject "mental picture" theories of imagery suggests that the answer is: not much. We show that pictures and visual imagery have something important in common. They both contribute to mental simulations: pictures as inputs and mental images as outputs. But we reject the idea that mental images involve mental pictures, and we use simulation theory to strengthen the anti-pictorialist's case. Along the way we try to account for caricature and for some basic features of pictorial representations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)414-445
Number of pages32
JournalPhilosophical Psychology
Volume12
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1999

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