Wittgenstein's Bridge: A Linguistic Account of Visual Representation

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This paper uses structure-mapping to bridge the divide between the analytical and visual culture traditions of image interpretation. Wittgenstein’s analytic ‘picture theory of meaning’ from his early period, and his cultural theory of ‘meaning as use’ from his later period are used to show that the terms similarity, analogy and metaphor can be applied to both image and linguistic interpretation. As a result, by the mapping of similarity and analogy onto the analytic approach, and by the mapping of metaphor onto the visual culture approach, a common linguistic ground for the comparison of these two approaches to image interpretation can be established.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-186
Number of pages16
JournalJournal for the Philosophy of Language, Mind and the Arts (JoLMA)
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2021


  • Analogy
  • Descriptions
  • Explanation
  • Structure
  • mapping
  • Representation
  • Meaning
  • Projection
  • Similarity
  • Metaphor


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