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Is Seeing-in a Transparency Effect?

Newall, Michael (2015) Is Seeing-in a Transparency Effect? British Journal of Aesthetics, 55 (2). pp. 131-156. ISSN 0007-0904. E-ISSN 1468-2842. (doi:10.1093/aesthj/ayu101) (KAR id:60714)


Philosophers of art use the term ‘seeing-in’ to describe an important part of our experience of pictures: we often ‘see’ a picture’s subject matter ‘in’ its surface. This paper proposes that seeing-in is illuminated by a perceptual phenomenon that has received extensive attention in perceptual psychology: the perception of transparency. It is generally accepted that transparency perception is governed by laws of ‘scission’. I argue that some instances of seeing-in can be straightforwardly understood as a kind of transparency effect, and that all seeing-in is illuminated by these laws.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1093/aesthj/ayu101
Uncontrolled keywords: History and Philosophy of Art
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Arts
Depositing User: Michael Newall
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2017 18:11 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:43 UTC
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