The conference aims to shed light on the interactions between theories of depiction and the philosophy of perception. Some core issues concern the capacities used for picture perception, imagination, aesthetic response, veridicality, and the difference between 'seeing-in' and 'face to face' perception.
Pragmatists from John Dewey to Richard Rorty conceive philosophy as a form of cultural politics. This strand of philosophical thought highlights the significance of rhetoric in critical interpretations of culture. The present workshop explores the connection between interpretation, rhetoric and cultural politics from various perspectives.
The topic of the workshop is children’s developing ability to use and understand figurative language appropriately in context. How do young children cope with metonymy and irony? How is children's figurative language ability influenced by the development of other communication-relevant cognitive abilites, such as metalinguistic awareness and epistemic vigilance mechanisms?