Three grades of iconicity in perception

Lyons, J. C. (2022) Three grades of iconicity in perception. Asian Journal of Philosophy, 1(2), 50. (doi: 10.1007/s44204-022-00039-x)

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Perceptual representations are sometimes said to be iconic, or picture-like. But what does this mean, and is it true? I suggest that the most fruitful way to understand iconicity is in terms of similarity, but there are three importantly different grades of similarity that that might hold between perceptual representations and their objects, and these should be distinguished. It is implausible that all perceptual representations achieve even the weakest grade of iconicity, but I speculatively suggest a “Kantian” view, whereby all perceptual representation involves fillers placed in a “strongly iconic” spatial framework. Those fillers will likely be hybrid structures, with varying grades of iconicity combined with non-iconic elements.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lyons, Professor Jack
Authors: Lyons, J. C.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Humanities > Philosophy
Journal Name:Asian Journal of Philosophy
ISSN (Online):2731-4642
Published Online:14 November 2022
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 Crown
First Published:First published in Asian Journal of Philosophy 1(2): 50
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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