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New Fall 2013 Visual Studies Seminar

VLST 305-301: What is an Image?

Mondays 3:30 to 6:30 | Ian Verstegen


This course will explore various concepts of images. It will consider natural images (as in optics), images as artifacts, virtual images, images as representations, and works of art as images. Themes to include: the image controversy in cognitive science, which asks whether some cognitive representations are irreducibly imagistic; the question of whether some images resemble what they represent; the development of the concept of virtual image and three-dimensional images; the notions of pictorial representation and non-representational images in art. Readings from C.S. Peirce, Nelson Goodman, Robert Hopkins, Dominic Lopes, W.J.T. Mitchell, and Mark Rolliins, among others.