Dialectica 62 (3):335-348 (2008)

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Ben Blumson
National University of Singapore
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By defining both depictive and linguistic representation as kinds of symbol system, Nelson Goodman attempts to undermine the platitude that, whereas linguistic representation is mediated by convention, depiction is mediated by resemblance. I argue that Goodman is right to draw a strong analogy between the two kinds of representation, but wrong to draw the counterintuitive conclusion that depiction is not mediated by resemblance.
Keywords Depiction  Convention  Symbol Systems  Nelson Goodman  David Lewis
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DOI 10.1111/j.1746-8361.2008.01156.x
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