Philosophical Perspectives on Depiction

Catharine Abell*, Katerina Bantinaki

*Corresponding author for this work

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Pictures are representations that depict their objects. Although depiction plays as important a role as language in contemporary culture and communication, its function is relatively poorly understood. This book of specially written chapters by leading philosophers offers to set the agenda for the philosophy of depiction. It addresses a wide range of philosophical issues, concerning the nature and value of depiction, the role of our perceptual processes in interpreting pictures, and the role of depiction in everyday communication.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages256
ISBN (Electronic)9780191723490
ISBN (Print)9780199585960
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2010


  • Communication
  • Depiction
  • Interpreting pictures
  • Nature of depiction
  • Perceptual processes
  • Pictures
  • Value of depiction


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