Walton’s major contribution to philosophy is his theory of in his magnum opus Mimesis as Make -Believe. KENDALL L. WALTON. University of Michigan. Mimesis as Make-Believe is primarily an exploration of the workings of the representational arts, among which I. Mimesis as Make-Believe by Kendall Walton has already been heralded as the book A theory of representation, rather than a theory of art, Walton’s book.

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However, a philosophy course in his sophomore year convinced him to change his major, tentatively, from music to philosophy. Request removal from index.

His book Mimesis as Make Believe: Drawing analogies to children’s make believe So, for instance, when a person who has watched a horror movie declares that they felt afraid, it is mimewis that they were emotionally moved, but fictional that what they were moved to was fear. Aristotle’s “Mimesis” and Abstract Art. The Movement of Mimesis: Science Logic and Mathematics.

Mimesis as Make-Believe

Find it on Scholar. In later papers, Walton has expanded his theory to recognize a distinction between content oriented make-believewhich describes a participant’s relationship to the kejdall worlds of novels, films, paintings etc. Walton identifies a pretence construal whereby a person pretends to describe the real world, when actually describing a fictional world. Sign in to use this feature. Peter Godfrey-Smith – – Philosophical Studies 1: A Study of Linguistic Relativity and Related Philosophical Problems’, with Sydney Shoemaker on philosophy of language, mind and metaphysics, and graduated in with a Ph.


This page was last edited on 10 Octoberat He was president of the American Society for Aesthetics from to Mimesis on the Move: Find it on Scholar. Kendall Walton’s “Mimesis as Make-Believe”. Doing without Fictitious Entities.

Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming books, seasonal catalogs, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests. Mimesis as Make-Believe is important reading for everyone interested in the workings of representational art.

Retrieved from ” https: On the Foundations of the Representational Arts. Throughout Walton applies his theoretical perspective to particular cases; his analysis is illustrated by a rich array of examples drawn from literature, painting, sculpture, theater, and film. Join Our Mailing List: Walton refers to these fictional emotions as quasi emotions. Walton studied as an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeleyoriginally pursuing a major in music, having been a serious musician, probably headed towards music theory.

Drawing analogies to children’s make believe activities, Walton constructs a theory that addresses a broad range of issues: Edward Lear is an apt character to think about at Christmas-time.

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On the Foundations of the Representational Arts”. Rob Hopkins – – Philosophical Books 33 2: In an age of aesthetics glib about theory, I wonder if it will be appreciated how significant an accomplishment this is.


On the Foundations of the Representational Arts develops a theory of make-believe and uses it to understand the nature and varieties of representation in the arts. Benjamin – – Routledge. The Kake Truths of the Representational Arts. Retrieved 23 February What is true is to be believed; what is fictional is to be imagined. Thought-Experiment Intuitions and Truth in Fiction.

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The Mechanics of Generation. Kendapl explores the relation between appreciation and criticism, the character of emotional reactions to literary and visual representations, and what it means to be caught up emotionally in imaginary events. Adorno’s Concept of Imitation. On the Foundations of the Representational Arts.

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