The Problem of Thick Representation

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The purpose of this paper is twofold: to define the problem of thick representation and to show that the problem is a puzzle for representation rather than a puzzle for a specific art form or art, in general, as has previously been suggested. In the course of identifying and formulating the problem, I shall demonstrate why the solution proposed thus far fails to solve either the artistic problem at which it is aimed or the representational problem I define. I conclude by indicating two promising directions in which a solution might be found and by explaining the philosophical and critical significance of finding a solution.
Original languageEnglish
JournalContemporary Aesthetics
Early online date26 Jun 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 Jun 2018


  • art
  • cognitive value
  • literature
  • painting
  • representation


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