Ordinary Language Philosophy and Mental Imagery
Hacker and Bennett both argue against claims that imagery depictational. This view strongly contrasts with the experimental work of Kossyln and Ganis who claim that their neuroscientific research shows that topographically organised neuronal configurations which map on to visual patterns in the world show that our imagery is in fact depictational. However Hacker and Bennett argue against this view by noting mental imagery does not meet the criterion for being depictational.
They note that when something is depictational it has a depictational and non-depictational elements. Thus a picture which is used to depict a dog has some non-depictational elements such as the paper used, the paint used etc. As well as depictational elements such the spatial relations of the part of the picture and the color of the painting etc. The same is true of piece of writing, so the ink and paper or…
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