Common idea: a word has meaning by referring to something. There is a connection between a w. & an object. What sort of connection?
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Is it something like this: the w. reminds us of the obj.? What happens when a thing reminds me of something? Seeing M remind me of his Father. Let's say roughly seeing M so & so produces in me thoughts about Ms his father & or images of Ms father. (Remark) The sentence I immagine M is so & so is not a description of a picture before my minds eye. Ask yourself do you recognise M's father him from the picture before your minds eye? Would you say: I see a man with white hair etc.
I suppose I'm imagining M.? but perhaps its only someone who looks very much like him. There is (however) a use we make of pictures which resembles much more that which we make of the product of our imagination: E.g. we describe the position of objects in an street accident & say while drawing, : ˇthis (line) is … street this (square) is the overturned car this (cross) the policeman at the corner etc. Here too we are using sentences of the same form as those which would describe
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ˇwhat we believe a picture ˇrepresents whereas their use is to give a picture an interpretation. – It is useful here to imagine that a man imagines by means of drawing or painting sketching or even by producing a cartoon film. If you said that in order to draw he must already have a mental picture which he copies, the answer is, that the mode of projection used to copy his mental picture is not determined & the latter therefore m[ay|ig]h be anything, so that in fact
all that gives us a right to speak about a mental picture is the fact that we ˇare under c.c. inclined to call a (non-mental) picture a representation of it a mental one.