Pictorial realism

Catharine Abell

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I propose a number of criteria for the adequacy of an account of pictorial realism. Such an account must: explain the epistemic significance of realistic pictures; explain why accuracy and detail are salient to realism; be consistent with an accurate account of depiction; and explain the features of pictorial realism. I identify six features of pictorial realism. I then propose an account of realism as a measure of the information pictures provide about how their objects would look, were one to see them. This account meets the criteria I have identified and is superior to alternative accounts of realism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages16
JournalAustralasian Journal of Philosophy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007


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