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Title
Perceiving pictures
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Abstract
I aim to give a new account of picture perception: of the way our visual system functions when we see something in a picture. My argument relies on the functional distinction between the ventral and dorsal visual subsystems. I propose that it is constitutive of picture perception that our ventral subsystem attributes properties to the depicted scene, whereas our dorsal subsystem attributes properties to the picture surface. This duality elucidates Richard Wollheims concept of the twofoldness of our experience of pictures: the visual awareness not only of what is represented but also of the surface qualities of the representation. I argue for the following four claims: (a) the depicted scene is represented by ventral perception, (b) the depicted scene is not represented by dorsal perception, (c) the picture surface is represented by dorsal perception, and (d) the picture surface is not necessarily represented by ventral perception.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Phenomenology and the cognitive sciences. - Dordrecht
Publication
Dordrecht : 2011
ISSN
1568-7759
Volume/pages
10:4(2011), p. 461-480
ISI
000295680900003
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UAntwerpen
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Last edited 24.06.2017
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