Understanding Resemblance in Depiction: What Can we Learn from Wittgenstein?

Elisa Caldarola


Wittgenstein’s remarks on “seeing-as” have influenced several scholars working on depiction. They have especially inspired those who think that in order to understand depiction we should understand the specific kind of visual experience depictions arouse in the viewer (e.g. Gombrich [1960], Wollheim [1968; 1987]). In this paper I would like to go a different way. My hypothesis is that certain of Wittgenstein’s claims both in the Tractatus and in his later writings resonate well within the context of an objective resemblance account of depiction (Hyman, 2006).


Ludwig Wittgenstein; Aesthetics; John Hyman; depiction

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13128/Aisthesis-12849

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