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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.
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(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
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the practice of creating recognizable figures, objects, and natural forms in art. Cf. Abstractism.
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Thus feminist theology participates in the worst errors (from a biblical perspective) of the Enlightenment: foundationalism in ontology and representationalism in epistemology.
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Part I introduces the reader to Chomsky's thought on the design and function of human language, language evolution, representationalism, the nature of human concepts, optimality and perfection of Universal Grammar, and Chomsky's intellectual contributions.
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Chapter twelve "marries" philosophy and grammar by talking about types of noun expressions and their relation to cognition and representationalism. Chapter thirteen considers different kinds of grammar, including formal and functional, and how they treat issues of reference and interrogatives.
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His argument rests on an unresolved tension in Rawls's corpus, between representationalism and constructivism.
Bacon gives a good overview of Rorty's critique of representationalism, but this chapter does not really convey the breadth of Rorty's interests, and at times it makes Rorty look like a mere vulgarizer of Davidson.
In 1925, Franz Roh, a German photographer and art historian, adapted the great Swiss art historian Heinrich Wolfflin's formal comparison between Baroque and Renaissance art to contrast the Expressionist biases of pre-World War I art with the emerging classicist sensibility, summing up with a description of what he called "Post-Expressionism": a plenitude, following hard on privation, and typified by suave balance, sobriety, representationalism, shallow spatial illusion, austere coolness, smoothness, polish, harmony, purity, cultivation--taking into account as well the link between classicism and social critique that informed Neue Sachlichkeit, the art we call New Objectivity.
Procedures as 'semantics' allow us to found representationalism in material processes, which connect some device to its environment: this a benefit adherents of a representationalist theory of mind stress.
Rather than seeing a consistency in his "poetic and allusive artistic language" (as Cullen does in her catalogue essay), one could thus see Ferrer's works as from the beginning able to carry deep references to his roots in both Anglo and Latino culture--to embody, that is, a form of structural coding that grew ever more apparent as Ferrer came to emphasize an overtly Puerto Rican folkloric representationalism.

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