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The Problem of Thick Representation

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Original languageEnglish
JournalContemporary Aesthetics
Volume16
StatePublished - 26 Jun 2018
The purpose of this paper is twofold, to: (1) define the problem of thick representation and (2) 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.

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