The Anthropological Function of Pictures

In Klaus SachsHombach & Joerg R. J. Schirra (eds.), Origins of Pictures Anthropological Discourses in Image. Halem. pp. 132-159 (2013)
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Abstract

There has been a long tradition of characterizing man as the animal that is capable of propositional language. However, the remarkable ability of using pictures also only belongs to human beings. Both faculties however depend conceptually on the ability to refer to absent situations by means of sign acts called 'context building'. The paper investigates the combined roles of quasi-pictorial sign acts and proto-assertive sign acts in the situation of initial context building, which, in the context of “concept-genetic” considerations, aims for a philosophical explanation of the anthropological functon of pictures and their relation to imagination.

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