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Sense and Reference of Pictures

In this paper I argue that a theory of pictorial representation does not require a sense/reference distinction.


John Hyman insists that Frege-style cases for depiction show that any sound theory of depiction must distinguish between the ‘sense’ and the ‘reference’ of a picture. I argue that this rests on a mistake. Making sense of the cases does not require the distinction.

Maarten Steenhagen (2021). ‘Sense and Reference of Pictures’. The British Journal of Aesthetics, Volume 61, Issue 1, January 2021, Pages 53–57,

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