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Fixing the image : re-thinking the 'mind-independence' of photographs

Phillips, Dawn M.



It has been argued that photographs are unsuitable or inferior candidates for art because they are not intimately bound to the mind of an artist. I believe that we can address scepticism in the philosophy of art only if we recognise that it is linked to dogmatism in the epistemology of photography. This is the motivation for the present article. I argue that the epistemic debate is dogmatic when mind-independence is treated as a defining feature of photographs. I argue for a better understanding of the photographic process, and show how with this mind-independence need not be a defining feature of photographs.


Phillips, D. M. (2009). Fixing the image : re-thinking the 'mind-independence' of photographs. Postgraduate journal of aesthetics, 6(2), 1-22

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2009-08
Deposit Date Nov 13, 2014
Publicly Available Date Nov 13, 2014
Journal Postgraduate journal of aesthetics
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 6
Issue 2
Pages 1-22
Public URL
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Contract Date Nov 13, 2014


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