Pictorial and Spatial Representation

Special issue of the Review of Philosophy and Psychology

Guest editors: Valeria Giardino and Gabriel Greenberg

Pictorial and spatial representation play an essential role in a vast range
of human communication and reasoning, exemplified by the widespread use of diagrams, maps, pictures, iconic gestures, comics, and film.

In this special issue of the Review of Philosophy and Psychology, we seek to bring together work from philosophy and cognitive science (including
psychology, linguistics, and computer science) that breaks new ground in the study of spatial representation generally. Recent developments in these
fields set the stage for new and exciting perspectives on this poorly
understood, but philosophically and scientifically central subject matter.

The primary subject of this special issue is the public use of pictorial and
spatial representations, including uses in a variety of functional roles,
such as communication, externalized reasoning and proof, planning, and
navigation. We will exclude research on the more familiar subject of spatial
cognition, including perception and mental imagery, except insofar as it is
related to public representational phenomena. We encourage submissions which pinpoint specific media, but which also address fundamental semantic concepts like content, veridicality, and validity as they apply to the
variety of spatial representations. In addition, we welcome contributions
which draw connections between contemporary philosophical and scientific
research, as well as work which fosters rigorous engagement with empirical
results and formal methods.

Potential articles might discuss:

• The analysis of diagrams, pictures, or maps in terms of:
o Syntax, semantics, or pragmatics;
o Content, reference, or veridicality;
o Validity, reasoning, or proof.
• The cognitive, communicative, and practical functions of spatial
representations (including pictorial representations).
• Taxonomies of spatial representations.
• The difference between spatial representations and linguistic representation.
• The relationship between cognition or perception and spatial representation.

Invited Authors

• Patrick Maynard (Western Ontario)
• Sun-Joo Shin (Yale)
• Matthew Stone (Rutgers)
• Barbara Tversky (Columbia)

Submission deadline: August 1, 2013

valeria.giardino@gmail.com
and gabriel.greenberg@gmail.com