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 (rĕp′rĭ-zĕn-tā′shə-nəl, -zən-)
Of or relating to representation, especially to realistic graphic representation.

rep′re·sen·ta′tion·al·ism n.


(ˌrɛprɪzɛnˈteɪʃənəˌlɪzəm) or


1. (Philosophy) philosophy the doctrine that in perceptions of objects what is before the mind is not the object but a representation of it. Compare presentationism, naive realism See also barrier of ideas
2. (Art Terms) fine arts the practice or advocacy of attempting to depict objects, scenes, figures, etc, directly as seen
ˌrepresenˌtationalˈistic adj
ˌrepresenˈtationist n, adj


the practice of creating recognizable figures, objects, and natural forms in art. Cf. Abstractism.
See also: Art
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It is difficult at the outset to imagine the Hittite Empire, a large, superficially autocratic Middle and Late Bronze Age empire as a primary early catalyst for representationalist principles.
After laying out how the book proceeds in chapter 1 and clarifying key terms such as "intentionality" and "form" in chapter 2, Lisska argues in chapter 3 that Aquinas is a direct realist rather than a representationalist.
Via Vasubandhu, Dignaga, and canonical discourse referring to their representationalist epistemology, the notion of akara includes the representation of intentional objects (here seen in Vasubandhu's schematic examples) involving the identification of persons as the objects of normative intentional states.
This intervention is not the intervention of the representationalist critic who focuses on <<guarding, judging, legitimating, monitoring, saving or securing>> (Simons et al.
While other scholars argue against representationalism, the idea of structures and essences in African ontologies and metaphysics it does underscore the presence of representationalist epistemologies even in non-western contexts.
The way Zuckerman merges the history of Ira Ringold and the historical context of the early 1950s with his own biography additionally underlines the extent to which I Married a Communist really transcends the mainly representationalist concerns associated with traditional historical writing.
A representationalist who embraces teleological theories (henceforth TR) will defend something along the combination of the following two principles:
Thus, according to the representationalist view, the phenomenal character of an experience is due to its representing objective, nonexperiential properties.
In turn this makes sense of anticipatory systems and the role of teleology in drawing the future into the present and Radical Embodied Cognitive Science which understands cognition in holistic terms as direct perception of affordances involving active processes of structural coupling between organisms and their worlds and opposes static, reductionist and mechanistic representationalist approaches.
From a representationalist point of view, however, one can provide a complete explanation for this phenomenon without involving the notion of authorial pretense.
Especially jarring to my own obsessions as a linguistic anthropologist, Holbraad gives only cursory attention to what we know about the workings of language, meaning that his text is not informed by post-1970 developments in semiotics or performativity theory that also critique the representationalist accounts of structuralism and speech act theory.
To a representationalist, for example, language is meaningful only when it refers to some extralinguistic fact, (82) and a great deal of everyday speech fails this test.

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