Pictures are principally descriptive. Advertising images highlight features of potential purchases; cartoons open portals to scenes in fictional worlds; snapshots in the family photo album remind us of our past selves and landmark events in our personal histories; works of pictorial art express thoughts or feelings about depicted scenes. In addition, pictures serve a directive or action-guiding function that, though not taken into account by theorists, deserves no less attention than their descriptive one. 1 Theories of depiction and the appreciation of pictures stand to benefit by taking “directive pictures” into account, as do theories of representation in general and mental representation in particular.
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Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia
Publication date: 2004-03-01