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What Is an Image? raises the stakes for writing in art history, visual studies, art theory, and art criticism by questioning one of the most fundamental terms of all, the image or picture. This innovative collection gathers some of the most influential historians and theorists working on images to discuss what the visual has come to mean. Topics include concepts such as image and picture in the West and outside it; the reception and rejection of semiotics; the question of what is outside the image; the question of whether images have a distinct nature or are products of discourse, like language; the relationship between images and religious meanings; and the study of non-art images in medicine, science, and technology.

Among the major writers represented in this book are Gottfried Boehm, Michael Ann Holly, Jacqueline Lichtenstein, W. J. T. Mitchell, Marie-José Mondzain, Keith Moxey, Parul Dave Mukherji, Wolfram Pichler, Alex Potts, and Adrian Rifkin.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title Page, Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Series Preface
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. James Elkins
  3. pp. 1-12
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  1. The Seminars
  1. 1. How Many Theories of Images Are There?
  2. pp. 13-22
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  1. 2. What is Outside Images
  2. pp. 23-30
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  1. 3. Accounts of Images, and Accounts that Begin from Images
  2. pp. 31-34
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  1. 4. Ontology
  2. pp. 35-52
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  1. 5. Non-Western Accounts
  2. pp. 53-62
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  1. 6. Public and Private
  2. pp. 63-74
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  1. 7. Religion, Ritual, and the Sacred
  2. pp. 75-78
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  1. 8. Painting and Images
  2. pp. 79-90
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  1. 9. Image, Notation, Graph . . .
  2. pp. 91-102
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  1. Assessments
  1. Preface
  2. James Elkins
  3. pp. 103-108
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  1. Indian Image / Image in India
  2. Frederick M. Asher
  3. pp. 109-113
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  1. Conversations Then and Now
  2. Michael Ann Holly
  3. pp. 114-115
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  1. Written From Memory
  2. Adrian Rifkin
  3. pp. 116-118
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  1. Doxa and Episteme of the Image
  2. Frank Vigneron
  3. pp. 119-121
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  1. Lost in Translation
  2. Keith Moxey
  3. pp. 122-124
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  1. I'll Never Say "Never Again" Again
  2. Harry Cooper
  3. pp. 125-126
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  1. Over the Shoulder of Si Han . . .
  2. Parul Dave Mukherji
  3. pp. 127-130
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  1. About "Aesthetic Experiences" and Different Uses of "Private" and "Public"
  2. Thomas Baumeister
  3. pp. 131-135
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  1. Digital Images and Diagrams, or Dissembling Iconicity
  2. Vivian Sobchack
  3. pp. 136-139
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  1. What is an Image
  2. Alex Potts
  3. pp. 140-142
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  1. Where Does Visual Theory Live?
  2. Kavita Singh
  3. pp. 143-145
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  1. Response to "What is an Image?"
  2. Paul Messaris
  3. pp. 146-147
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  1. Intensive, Not Extensive
  2. Emmanuel Alloa
  3. pp. 148-151
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  1. Differential Images
  2. Aud Sissel Hoel
  3. pp. 152-154
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  1. Ontology of the Image
  2. Ellen Chow
  3. pp. 155-159
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  1. What is an Image?
  2. Xaq Pitkow
  3. pp. 160-161
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  1. Too Well
  2. Crispin Sartwell
  3. pp. 162-164
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  1. "Don't Stand So Close to Me"
  2. Klaus Speidel
  3. pp. 165-166
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  1. Absence and Abstraction
  2. Antonia Pocock
  3. pp. 167-169
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  1. Elkins Entangled?
  2. Paul Willemarck
  3. pp. 170-172
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  1. Private, Social, or Political?
  2. Ruth Sonderegger
  3. pp. 173-175
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  1. "On Two Deaths and Three Births"
  2. Thomas Macho, Jasmin Mersmann
  3. pp. 176-178
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  1. Images in Acts
  2. Ciarán Benson
  3. pp. 179-181
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  1. Not What, But Why and How
  2. Ciarán Benson
  3. pp. 182-185
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  1. Notes on the Ontology of the Image
  2. Sebastian Egenhofer
  3. pp. 186-190
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  1. Wresting Images Silently Out of the Murmurs of Sensation
  2. Irmgard Emmelhainz
  3. pp. 191-192
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  1. A Universal Image Science? Only in our Dreams
  2. Ladislav Kesner
  3. pp. 193-196
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  1. Anthropology is Too Anthropomorphic, Being Embodied is Not
  2. John Michael Krois
  3. pp. 197-200
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  1. Cloud Spotting, Or: When is an Image an Image and Not a Mess/Mass?
  2. Karin Leonhard
  3. pp. 201-204
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  1. A Banquet Beyond History
  2. Francesco Peri
  3. pp. 205-208
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  1. Images in Reasoning, Experiment, Generalization, and Abstraction
  2. Frederik Stjernfelt
  3. pp. 209-213
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  1. What is an Image? What is Philosophy?
  2. Rainer Totzke
  3. pp. 214-217
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  1. Thinking the Image From the Inside of the Picture
  2. Michael Zimmermann
  3. pp. 218-225
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  1. Images: An Imaginary Problem
  2. Sunil Manghani
  3. pp. 226-228
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  1. Theories of Images: Five Tentative Theses
  2. Klaus Sachs-Hombach
  3. pp. 229-232
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  1. An Image is an Image is an Image (Three Stages)
  2. José Luis Brea
  3. pp. 233-238
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  1. Afterword: Configurations of the Image
  2. Wolfram Pichler
  3. pp. 239-270
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  1. Notes on the Contributors
  2. pp. 271-280
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 281-286
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  1. Back Cover
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