Internal versus external representation

Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
I argue that the concept of representation is ambiguous: a picture of 'a man', when there is no actual man that it depicts, both does, in one sense, and does not, in another sense, represent 'a man'--hence the need for a distinction of internal from external representation. Internal representation is also defended from reductive, non-referential alternative views, and from 'prosthesis' views of picturing, according to which seeing a picture of an actual man just is seeing through the picture to that actual man himself. The view also provides a strong foundation for a theory of reference to fictional entities.
(categorize this paper)
PhilPapers/Archive ID
Revision history
Archival date: 2015-09-03
View upload history
References found in this work BETA
The Theory of Objects.Meinong, Alexius

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Added to PP index

Total views
443 ( #7,374 of 43,689 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
72 ( #8,618 of 43,689 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks to external links.