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Introduction: Varieties of Iconicity


This introduction aims to familiarize readers with basic dimensions of variation among pictorial and diagrammatic representations, as we understand them, in order to serve as a backdrop to the articles in this volume. Instead of trying to canvas the vast range of representational kinds, we focus on a few important axes of difference, and a small handful of illustrative examples. We begin in Section 1 with background: the distinction between pictures and diagrams, the concept of systems of representation, and that of the properties of usage associated with signs. In Section 2 we illustrate these ideas with a case study of diagrammatic representation: the evolution from Euler diagrams to Venn diagrams. Section 3 is correspondingly devoted to pictorial representation, illustrated by the comparison between parallel and linear perspective drawing. We conclude with open questions, and then briefly summarize the articles to follow.

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hal-01869188 , version 1 (06-09-2018)



Valeria Giardino, Gabriel Greenberg. Introduction: Varieties of Iconicity. Review of Philosophy and Psychology, 2015, 6 (1), pp.1 - 25. ⟨10.1007/s13164-014-0210-7⟩. ⟨hal-01869188⟩
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