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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.
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(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
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the practice of creating recognizable figures, objects, and natural forms in art. Cf. Abstractism.
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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.
In this way, Maturana and Varela are effectively arguing against the 'representationist metaphor' of knowledge, typical of rationalist (classical cognitivist) thought, which demands the existence of an objective reality that allows one to judge supposed knowledge as true or false.
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).
This family of disciplines is often termed "the cognitive sciences." (12) The antirealism of these disciplines is based on a representationist theory of perception and is connected with methodological individualism, i.e., the tendency to explain cognitive phenomena by studying individual cognition and to disregard the social, cultural, and historical implications of human cognition.
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:
Simply put, scholars are divided between the "propagandists"--into whose camp Beacham clearly falls--and what might be termed the "representationists," those who interpret supposed vehicles of propaganda not as formulators of public opinion but as reflective of relationships between ruler and ruled already established by other means.

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