Pictures and Properties

In Resemblance and Representation. Open Book Publishers. pp. 179-198 (2014)
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It’s a platitude that a picture is realistic to the degree to which it resembles what it represents (in relevant respects). But if properties are abundant and degrees of resemblance are proportions of properties in common, then the degree of resemblance between different particulars is constant (or undefined), which is inconsonant with the platitude. This paper argues this problem should be resolved by revising the analysis of degrees of resemblance in terms of proportion of properties in common, and not by accepting a sparse theory of properties or by denying that degree of realism is degree of resemblance (in relevant respects).

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Ben Blumson
National University of Singapore


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