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Picture Theory

Author : W. J. T. Mitchell
ISBN : 0226532321
Genre : Art
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What precisely, W. J. T. Mitchell asks, are pictures (and theories of pictures) doing now, in the late twentieth century, when the power of the visual is said to be greater than ever before, and the "pictorial turn" supplants the "linguistic turn" in the study of culture? This book by one of America's leading theorists of visual representation offers a rich account of the interplay between the visible and the readable across culture, from literature to visual art to the mass media.
Category: Art

Picture Theory

Author : Nicole Brossard
ISBN : 1550712187
Genre : Fiction
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A novel first published in French in 1982, 'Picture Theory' demonstrates Nicole Brossard's fiction théorique and her preoccupation with the difficulty of writing and reading woman. The title (taken from Wittgenstein) implies her reference to the hologram as a new pictorial model for woman; like the hologram which is intended to be read from an infinite number of changing conditions, Brossard's text abstracts the image of the feminine so that it can be read from all angles. Centred on four women, this novel of lesbian love moves from Curaçao to Montreal, from New York to Paris. Essentially, Picture Theory poses the question of what is a novel.
Category: Fiction

The Imagery Debate

Author : Michael Tye
ISBN : 0262700735
Genre : Philosophy
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Michael Tye untangles the complex web of empirical and conceptual issues of the newlyrevived imagery debate in psychology between those that liken mental images to pictures and thosethat liken them to linguistic descriptions. He also takes into account longstanding philosophicalissues, to arrive at a comprehensive, up-to-date view and an original theory that provides answersto questions raised in both psychology and philosophy.Drawing on the insights of Stephen Kosslyn andthe work on vision of David Mart, Tye develops a new theory of mental imagery that includes anaccount of imagistic representation and also tackles questions about the phenomenal qualities ofmental images, image indeterminacy, the neurophysiolgical basis of imagery, and the causal relevanceof image content to behavior.Tye introduces the history of philosophical views on the nature ofmental imagery from Aristotle to Kant. He examines the reasons for the decline of picture theoriesof imagery and the use of alternative theories, the reemergence of the picture theory (with specialreference to the work of Stephen Kosslyn), and the contrasting view that mental images are innerlinguistic descriptions rather than pictorial representations. He then proposes his own theory ofimages interpreted as symbol-filled arrays in part like pictures and in part like linguisticdescriptions, addresses the issue of vagueness in some features of mental images, and argues thatimages need not have qualia to account for their phenomenological character. Tye concludes bydiscussing the questions of how images are physically realized in the brain and how the contents ofimages can be causally related to behavior.Michael Tye holds appointments in Philosophy at bothTemple University and Kings College, London.
Category: Philosophy

Representation And Reality In Wittgenstein S Tractatus

Author : José L. Zalabardo
ISBN : 9780198743941
Genre : Language and languages
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Jose L. Zalabardo puts forward a new interpretation of central ideas in Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus concerning the structure of reality and our representations of it in thought and language. He shows the origins of Wittgenstein's picture theory of propositional representation in Russell's theories of judgment, arguing that the picture theory is Wittgenstein's solution to some of the problems that he found in Russell's position. Zalabardo defends the view that, for Wittgenstein, facts in general, and the facts that play the role of propositions in particular, are not composite items, arising from the combination of their constituents. They are ultimate, irreducible units, and what we think of as their constituents are features that facts have in common with one another. These common features have built into them their possibilities of combination with other features into possible situations. This is the source of the Tractarian account of non-actual possibilities. It is also the source of the idea that it is not possible to produce propositions answering to certain descriptions, including those that would give rise to Russell's paradox. Zalabardo then considers Wittgenstein's view that every proposition is a truth function of elementary propositions. He argues that this view is motivated by Wittgenstein's epistemology of logic, according to which we should be able to see logical relations by inspecting the structures of propositions. Finally, Zalabardo considers the problems that we face if we try to extend the application of the picture theory from elementary propositions to truth functions of these.
Category: Language and languages

Wittgenstein S Philosophy Of Language

Author : James Bogen
ISBN : 9781317833390
Genre : Philosophy
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First published in 2005. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Category: Philosophy

W J T Mitchell S Image Theory

Author : Krešimir Purgar
ISBN : 9781317288909
Genre : Art
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W.J.T. Mitchell – one of the founders of visual studies – has been at the forefront of many disciplines such as iconology, art history and media studies. His concept of the pictorial turn is known worldwide for having set new philosophical paradigms in dealing with our vernacular visual world. This book will help both students and seasoned scholars to understand key terms in visual studies – pictorial turn, metapictures, literary iconology, image/text, biopictures or living pictures, among many others – while systematically presenting the work of Mitchell as one of the discipline's founders and most prominent figures. As a special feature, the book includes three comprehensive, authoritative and theoretically relevant interviews with Mitchell that focus on different stages of development of visual studies and critical iconology.
Category: Art

Wittgenstein On Mind And Language

Author : David G. Stern
ISBN : 9780195111477
Genre : Philosophy
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Drawing on ten years of research on the unpublished Wittgenstein papers, Stern investigates what motivated Wittgenstein's philosophical writing and casts new light on the Tractatus and Philosophical Investigations. The book is an exposition of Wittgenstein's early conception of the nature of representation and how his later revision and criticism of that work led to a radically different way of looking at mind and language. It also explains how the unpublished manuscripts and typescripts were put together and why they often provide better evidence of the development of his ideas than can be found in his published writing. In doing so, the book traces the development of a number of central themes in Wittgenstein's philosophy, including his conception of philosophical method, the picture theory of meaning, the limits of language, the application of language to experience, his treatment of private language, and what he called the "flow of life." Arguing that Wittgenstein's views are often much more simple (and more radical) than we have been led to believe, Wittgenstein on Mind and Language provides an overview of the development of Wittgenstein's philosophy and brings to light aspects of his philosophy that have been almost universally neglected.
Category: Philosophy

Getting The Picture

Author : Margaret Helen Persin
ISBN : 0838753353
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This book takes a probing look at how Spanish poets of the twentieth century read objects of visual art, write poems that utilize the discursive strategy known as ekphrasis, and how, in turn, they are read by those texts. As a result of their reading practices, the artistic works "read" by the poets are inscribed in the poets' own texts, and in a variety of ways. This analysis sheds light on the poets' own distinctive stance toward many primary issues, such as textuality, representation, language, power, ideology, literature, and art.
Category: Literary Criticism