Image Aesthetics and the Stance of Interpretability: Subject/Object Relationships



The problem of the relationship between the mind and the object is longstanding and complex. The shift toward emphatic identification, in which the object contains no inherent meaning or significance other than that which the mind projects onto it, represents a psychological turn that ushers in modernism. Such standing point is characterized by the notion that “life can no longer have meaning; it can only produce meaning.

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