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Iconicity. II

Jérôme Dokic, directeur d’études de l’EHESS ( IJN )

Cet enseignant est référent pour cette UE

Mardi de 15 h à 17 h (salle AS1_08, 54 bd Raspail 75006 Paris), du 6 mars 2018 au 19 juin 2018.

Les séances des 12 et 5 juin se dérouleront en salle AS1_24

In coordination with Roberto Casati’s homonymous seminar, we will have in the Spring 2018 the privilege of hosting six prominent specialists of the philosophy of pictorial representation : Catharine Abell (Manchester), Katerina Bantinaki (Crete), John Kulvicki (Dartmouth College), Achille Varzi (Columbia University), Alberto Voltolini (Turin) and John Zeimbekis (Patras). We shall work towards making the seminar a consensus conference about the question of iconicity.


In this seminar, we will tackle issues related to the nature of iconicity. Among them are the following :

What makes something a picture ? Can any material object act as a picture if it is cognitively processed in the right way ? What are the material constraints that an object must answer to count as a picture ?
Are there limits to what can be represented in a picture ?
Is the notion of a picture a visual notion ? Are there non-visual (e.g., auditory or tactile) pictures ? Even if there are, is the notion of visual picture somehow more fundamental ?
What are the cognitive processes involved in seeing a picture as such ? Does the distinction between “seeing as” and “seeing in” correspond to different sets of cognitive processes ?
Seeing a picture as such does not involve the same sensorimotor contingencies as those involved in ordinary perception (for instance, what is seen in a picture is not usually sensitive to one’s change of position relative to the picture). But what are the prospects of a sensorimotor or enactive approach to picture perception ?
It is often said that what is seen in a picture is not felt as present. What is the notion of presence at stake here ? Is there a feeling of non-presence or absence that is specific to pictures ?
What is the relationship between pictures and fictions ? Are there fictional pictures ? Are there pictorial markers of fiction ?
What is the epistemic function of pictures ? Can we distinguish between, e.g., photography and painting on the basis of the epistemic status of the relevant pictures ?
How should we apply the notions of style and narration to pictures ? Are some pictures non-linguistic narratives ?

 

Programme

6 mars : "A crash course in theories of depiction"

13 mars : John Kulvicki (Darmouth College & Institut d’Études Avancées, Paris), “Character, content, and reference in pictures”

20 mars : John Kulvicki (Darmouth College & Institut d’Études Avancées, Paris) “Individuals and pictorial content”

27 mars : "Imagination and seeing-in" - Attention : cette séance est annulée.



3 avril : Enrico Terrone (IJN) "The Standard of Correctness and the Ontology of Depiction"

Abstract

I shall develop Richard Wollheim’s claim that the proper appreciation of a picture involves not only enjoying a seeing-in experience but also abiding by a standard of correctness. Scholars in the philosophy of depiction have so far focused on the distinction between standards fixed by intentions and standards fixed by causal mechanisms. Yet, I shall argue, there is a more fundamental distinction concerning the standard of correctness, namely, that between a kind-standard, an individual-standard, and standpoint-standard. I shall argue that the kind-standard and the individual-standard can be relevant also to ordinary perception, whereas the standpoint-standard is specific to the pictorial experience. I shall illustrate the explanatory power of these notions by considering Van Gogh’s painting “Shoes” (1886). Finally, I shall generalize my results thereby proposing an ontology of depiction according to which a picture is constituted by both its visual appearance and its standard of correctness.



10 avril : "Pictures and emotions"

15 mai : "Affordances in pictures"

22 mai : Katerina Bantinaki (Université de Crète, directrice d’études invitee à l’EHESS) “The nature of the photographic image : between agency and automatism”

29 mai : Katerina Bantinaki (Université de Crète, directrice d’études invitée à l’EHESS), “Style and pictorial experience”

5 juin : Katerina Bantinaki (Université de Crète, directrice d’études invitée à l’EHESS), “Pictorial narratives”

12 juin : Catharine Abell (Université de Manchester, directrice d’études invitée à l’EHESS), “Reasoning about Representational Relevance”

19 juin : Catharine Abell (Université de Manchester, directrice d’études invitée à l’EHESS), “The Norms of Realism for Pictorial Narratives”

 

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Workshop on Depiction (program to be announced)

Tuesday 26 June and Wednesday 27 June

10h-18h

Salle Ribot and Salle Séminaire du DEC, 29 rue d’Ulm

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Renseignements

contacter l’enseignant/Please write to Jérôme Dokic.

Direction de travaux d’étudiants

contacter l’enseignement/Please write to Jérôme Dokic. Les travaux de validation peuvent être rédigés en français ou en anglais.

Réception

sur rendez-vous / by appointment.
 

Niveau requis

L3.

Adresse(s) électronique(s) de contact

dokic(at)ehess.fr

Dernière modification de cette fiche par le service des enseignements (sg12@ehess.fr) : 29 septembre 2017.


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