Realism and Representation: Pictures, Models and Theories

A Harrison

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A primary function of certain sorts of models, I shall argue, is that of legitimising qualities. Depiction in art - drawing, painting, sculpture - is I believe also a species of modelling1. What follows here is a preliminary to a discussion of a problem in aesthetics, namely the legitimisation of what we may loosely call ‘aesthetic qualities’. To show that a description of the world is legitimate, that it has a fair chance of not being dismissed as fanciful, or subjectively private but may be respectably true, false or fictional, can be focused on how we may conduct more or less successful forms of representation. The starting point is adjacent to the philosophy of science.
Translated title of the contributionRealism and Representation: Pictures, Models and Theories
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVisual Representations and Interpretations
EditorsR Paton, I Neilson
PublisherSpringer London
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781447105633
ISBN (Print)9781852330828
Publication statusPublished - 1999


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