Similarity and Depiction

John Lee
Human Communication Research Centre
and EdCAAD, Dept. of Architecture
University of Edinburgh

Abstract The question is examined of how pictures are to be individuated from other kinds of respresentations. This is discussed in relation to the classic treatment by Goodman, and a further development by Schier. Neither of these is found satisfactory. It is argued that the issue should be seen as interest-relative, and that in formal terms a version of a theory based on structure mapping is the most promising candidate.