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. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1093/aesthj/ayu101) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

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
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts
Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts > History and Philosophy of Art
Depositing User: Michael Newall
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2017 18:11 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2017 15:34 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/60714 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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