© 1977

Pictures and their Use in Communication

A Philosophical Essay


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Pictures and Depicting

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. David Novitz
      Pages 3-20
    3. David Novitz
      Pages 21-46
  3. Pictorial Representation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. David Novitz
      Pages 67-85
    3. David Novitz
      Pages 86-107
    4. David Novitz
      Pages 108-150
    5. David Novitz
      Pages 151-154
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 155-165

About this book


Ours is the age of the picture. Pictures abound in our newspapers and magazines, in storybooks and on the glossy pages of instruction manuals. We find them on billboards and postage stamps, on the television screen and in the cinema. And in all of these cases pictures inform us: they explain, they clarify, they elucidate - and at times, too, they entertain and delight us. Images on the television screen have all but replaced the printed word as a source of information about the world; and nowadays, too, picture books and comic strips are consulted much more readily, and with much less intellectual effort, than the printed word. There can be little doubt but that pictures have come to play a very important role in communication. It strikes me as odd that, in what is nothing less than a visual age, philosophers have had so little to say about the visual image and its use in communication. Hardly anything has been done to explain the way in which pictures are used to inform us; the way in which they influence our thinking, our attitudes and our perception of the world. My aim in this work is to fill this gap, and in so doing to provide a viable account of pictorial communication.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of CanterburyNew Zealand

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Pictures and their Use in Communication
  • Book Subtitle A Philosophical Essay
  • Authors David Novitz
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1977
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-247-1942-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-010-1063-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 165
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Psychology, general
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