Misrepresentation in “Misrepresentation in Context” in Context

Ahti Veikko Pietarinen*

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I argue that in aiming to integrate the notions of representation and resemblance in the arts, philosophy of sciences and cognitive sciences one needs to focus on those processes of reasoning and creative inquiry that (i) exploit our faculties of imagination and mental imagery, (ii) create novel and useful metaphors based on iconic types of meaning, and (iii) may result in discovery through the interactive practices of artists and scientists. To address these matters within the confines of Goodmanian conventionalist and symbolic theories of logic, thought and language is unlikely to deliver these points. A comprehensive philosophy of signs, however, might do the job.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-386
Number of pages6
JournalFoundations of Science
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2014

Scopus Subject Areas

  • General
  • History and Philosophy of Science

User-Defined Keywords

  • Icon
  • Peirce
  • Philosophy of signs
  • Representation
  • Resemblance
  • Science and arts


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