Realism and representation: the case of Rembrandt's hat

Morris, Michael (2013) Realism and representation: the case of Rembrandt's hat. European Journal of Philosophy, 23 (4). pp. 909-932. ISSN 0966-8373

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Some artistic representations—the painting of a hat in a famous picture by Rembrandt is an example—are able to present vividly the character of what they represent precisely by calling attention to their medium of representation. There is a puzzle about this whose structure, I argue, is analogous to that of a familiar Kantian problem for traditional realism. I offer a precise characterization of the puzzle, before arguing that an analogue for the case of representation to the Kantian solution to the problem for traditional realism is implausible. I offer an alternative solution to the puzzle about representation which also explains why we should be interested in artistic representation in the first place. I close with the outline of a possible realist response to the traditional Kantian problem.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > Philosophy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BD Speculative Philosophy > BD095 Metaphysics
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
Depositing User: Michael Morris
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2013 08:22
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2019 15:00

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