The lazy person’s approach to depiction

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-104
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism
Issue number2
Early online date24 Apr 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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