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Making Believe*

  • Jerrold Levinson (a1)
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  • Published online: 01 April 2010

Kendall Walton's Mimesis as Make-Believe is the most significant event in Anglo-American aesthetics in many a year, and joins a small pantheon of landmark books such as Nelson Goodman's Languages of Art, Richard Wollheim's Art and Its Objects and Arthur Danto's Transfiguration of the Commonplace. Walton's aim is to provide a comprehensive account of the representational arts—literature, drama, cinema, painting, drawing, sculpture—from both the generative and the receptive points of view. That is to say, he attempts to explain how representations are fashioned, what their representational status consists in, how representations are apprehended and what the experience of them characteristically involves. Inthese aims he is to my mind enormously, if not completely, successful.

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Richard Wollheim , Art and Its Objects (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1980)

What a Musical Work Is,” Journal of Philosophy, 77 (1980): 528

Alex Neill , ”Fear, Fiction, and Make-Believe,” Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 49, 1 (1991): 4756

The Place of Real Emotion in Response to Fictions,” Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 48, 1 (1990): 7980

Kendall Walton , “Transparent Pictures,” Critical Inquiry, 11 (1984): 246–77.

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Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review / Revue canadienne de philosophie
  • ISSN: 0012-2173
  • EISSN: 1759-0949
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