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Iconicity Or The Creativity Of Images

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Iconic perception is characterized by quality and a horizon of possibilities; in addition, perceptions of the icon are based on the differently accentuated kinds of similarity that may be conveyed by the very icon. This chapter substantiates and also illustrates this topological determination of icons in the context of practical examples by means of three further dimensions, which Peirce has brought forward in order to differentiate representations of qualitative possibility. (1) An icon has the immediate quality of an image; (2) in being a diagram, it allows for relations to be easily grasped; (3) and, as metaphor, it also conveys iconic similarity on a figurative, parallel level. It also analyzes sets of examples in order to show the productiveness of icons. The author's overall thesis is that iconicity is fundamental to perception, cognition, and thought - and thus also to the justification and the function of religiosity.

Keywords: cognition; diagram; iconicity; image; metaphor; perception; religiosity



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