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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Walton Snippet view – 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.
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.
Mimesis as Make-Believe
Views Read Edit View history. Mimesis as Make-Believe is important reading for everyone interested in the workings of representational art. 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,  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.
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Rob Hopkins – – Philosophical Books 33 2: Doing without Fictitious Entities. 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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Representations—in visual arts and in fiction—play an important part in our lives and culture. Art, Mimesis, and the Avant-Garde: This article has no associated abstract.
Tom Huhn – – Philosophy and Social Criticism 22 4: Walton refers to these fictional emotions as quasi emotions. On the Foundations of the Representational Arts”. Harvard University Press On the Foundations of the Representational Arts. 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.
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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However, a philosophy course in his sophomore year convinced him to change his major, tentatively, from music to philosophy. Account Options Sign in. Sign in to use this feature.