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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In the context of ontology, the same theory is usually referred to as pretence theory, and in the context of representational arts, prop theory.

Kendall Walton

Walton – – Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 51 2: Kendall Walton presents here a theory of the nature of representation, which illuminates its many varieties and goes a long wxlton toward explaining its importance. And it leads to striking insights concerning imagination, dreams, nonliteral uses of language, and the status of legends and myths.

What is true is to be believed; what is fictional is to be imagined. Account Options Sign kenrall. Find it on Scholar. For instance, “Tom Sawyer is a boy” would be one of many fictional truths generated by Mark Twain’s novel “Tom Sawyer”, and as mimdsis when we read Twain’s novel we are imagining it to be actually true that Tom Sawyer is a boy, when in actual fact no such person ever existed! Philosophy and Phenomenological Research belieev 2: Garry Hagberg – – Philosophy 59 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.

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. The Mechanics velieve Generation.


Thought-Experiment Intuitions and Truth in Fiction. Edward Lear is an apt character to think about at Christmas-time. Retrieved from ” https: On the Foundations of the Representational Arts”. In an age of aesthetics glib about theory, I wonder if it will be appreciated how significant an accomplishment this is. Representations–in visual arts and in fiction–play an important part in our lives and culture. Sign in to use this feature. He was president of the American Society for Aesthetics from to Canadian Philosophical Review, vol.

To be sure, Walton’s theory of “make-believe” is controversial, but whether you agree with his conclusions or not one must admit that Walton’s effort here is first rate, and “Mimesis as Make-Believe” is certainly required reading for anyone whose interests are either in philosophy of art, aesthetics, or even philosophy of language and metaphysics.

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Walton Snippet view – Additionally, he has developed a transparency thesis of photography, [36] which is summarized in the following claim: Added to PP index Total downloads 4of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 1of 2, How can I increase my downloads?

So, for instance, when a person 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.

A Journal for the History of Philosophy 13 1: Drawing analogies mimezis children’s make believe activities, Walton constructs a theory that addresses a broad range of issues: 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.

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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. After having been invited to teach a course on aesthetics that he was not fully prepared for having only had the one seminar with Sibleyhe stayed up nearly all night brainstorming topics, [7] which led to his paper ‘Categories of Art’.


Walton identifies a pretence construal whereby a person pretends to describe the real kendsll, when actually describing a fictional world. Sign in Create an account. Mimesis on the Move: The Fictional Bflieve of the Representational Arts. Sign in to use this feature. Patrick Maynard has praised Walton’s achievement, saying: According to Walton’s theory, representational art can mzke understood as props that prescribe specific imaginings, analogous to the way children’s toys such as dolls and teddy bears function as props in children’s games of make-believe, albeit with greater sophistication.

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On the Foundations of the Representational Arts. Watson is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Michigan. Schultz – – P.

No categories specified categorize this paper. Kendall Walton presents here a theory of the nature of representation, which illuminates its many varieties and goes a long way toward explaining its importance.

Stevenson Collegiate Professor in He has developed the groundwork for a theory of aesthetic value in which aesthetic pleasure is understood as being partly constituted by the admiration a participant feels for an artwork, [34] and suggested that styles in art can be understood by comparison to the adjective qualities we attach to the actions that artists apparently took in making a work of art. Walton – – Philosophical Review 3: Science Logic and Mathematics.