The lazy person’s approach to depiction
Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism
It has been argued (for example, by Nelson Goodman and John Hyman) that ‘depicts’ and similar terms such as ‘is a picture of’ and ‘represents’ are semantically ambiguous: sometimes they are two-place predicates expressing a relation, and sometimes they are not. This article takes issue with this claim and develops an alternative theory according to which the ambiguity in question is pragmatic rather than semantic.
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De Clercq, R. (2015). The lazy person’s approach to depiction. The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 73(2), 95-104. Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jaac.12141/abstract