This thesis argues that images are necessary for thinking. If this is true then the nature of images needs to be understood. The problem with many accounts of perception is assuming that representing what we see is a matter of accurate depiction. The problem is solved by attending to the skills of visual discernment rather than judgments about those perceptions. My approach is both historical and analytic. Aristotle, Hume, and Wittgenstein give accounts of perception which are critically discussed. The notion that an image is a copy is rejected by showing how complicated and indeterminate that relation is. Images have a content that is not representational. Then we must have access to how perceptions are formed before subjecting them to judgments of truth or accuracy.
The implication for a theory of perception is that understanding how images are formed and used is prior to any claim of veracity.
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images, thought, representation, perception, Hume, painting
Sarkis, Ed. "Thinking With Images." (2018). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/phil_etds/33