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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walotn 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. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 51 2: Harvard University Press Amazon. Walton has been working on this philosophical theory since[11] and it is expounded in his magnum opus Mimesis as Make -Believe: Walton – – Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 51 2: Walton has developed several additional philosophical theories pertaining to art.

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Sign in to use this feature. Philosopher Kendall Walton argues that we the audience are playing games of make-believe when we appreciate fictional representations, in that we the audience are imagining the fictional truths generated by the representation in question to be actually true. Read, highlight, and take kensall, across web, tablet, and phone.

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A Journal for the History of Philosophy 13 1: On the Foundations of the Representational Arts. Gaut – – Journal of Value Inquiry 26 2: Rob Hopkins – – Philosophical Books 33 2: So, for instance, when a belive who has watched a horror movie declares that they felt afraid, it is true that they were emotionally moved, but fictional that what they were moved to was fear. Retrieved from ” https: This page ksndall last edited on 10 Octoberat No categories specified categorize this paper.


Mimesis as Make-Believe is important reading for everyone interested in the workings of representational art.

Art, Mimesis, and the Avant-Garde: Throughout Walton applies his theoretical perspective to particular cases; his beleive is illustrated by a rich array of examples drawn from literature, painting, sculpture, theater, and film.

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Mimesis as Make-Believe

Giere – – Synthese 2: His nonsense books, mo …. He 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. According to Walton’s theory, representational art can be understood as props that prescribe specific imaginings, immesis to the way children’s toys such as dolls and teddy bears function as props in children’s games of make-believe, albeit with kenvall sophistication.