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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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Instead he builds his subtle but powerful argument as philosophers do, by taking readers through a series of reductio ad absurdum exercises to show the inadequacy of mainstream representationist theories of truth.
First, the notion that numbers stand for or are symbolic of real physical states of the world assumes a representationist view of number and measurement (for review and critique, see Michell, 1986, 1990, 1999).
12) The antirealism of these disciplines is based on a representationist theory of perception and is connected with methodological individualism, i.
An appendix briefly outlines how the present conceptualist approach differs from two other non-classical interpretations of computability, the intuitionist and the representationist.
Most representationists who are committed to naturalizing content and have taken a stance on how this is to be done, embrace teleosemantics:

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