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Pictures, Representation, and the Understanding

  • Marx W. Wartofsky
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 48)


I am tempted to subtitle this paper ‘Meditations on a Dinner Plate’, partly out of respect for Gombrich’s essay, ‘Meditations on a Hobby-Horse’; partly out of a disenchantment with the British preoccupation with pennies and their elliptical looks; and partly out of the conviction that a philosopher is likely to do better on a good meal, than on a pocketful of small change.


Geometrical Optic Matching Shape Shape Constancy Naive Subject Real Shape 
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