1st Edition

Art, Representation, and Make-Believe Essays on the Philosophy of Kendall L. Walton

Edited By Sonia Sedivy Copyright 2021
    430 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    430 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This is the first collection of essays focused on the many-faceted work of Kendall L. Walton. Walton has shaped debate about the arts for the last 50 years. He provides a comprehensive framework for understanding arts in terms of the human capacity of make-believe that shows how different arts – visual, photographic, musical, literary, or poetic – can be explained in terms of complex structures of pretense, perception, imagining, empathy, and emotion. His groundbreaking work has been taken beyond aesthetics to address foundational issues concerning linguistic and scientific representations – for example, about the nature of scientific modelling or to explain how much of what we say is quite different from the literal meanings of our words. Contributions from a diverse group of philosophers probe Walton’s detailed proposals and the themes for research they open. The essays provide an overview of important debates that have Walton’s work at their core. This book will be of interest to scholars and graduate students working on aesthetics across the humanities, as well as those interested in the topic of representation and its intersection with perception, language, science, and metaphysics.

    1. Introduction: The Reach of Make-Believe

    Sonia Sedivy

    Part I: Fiction and the Verbal Arts

    2. Fictionality in Imagined Worlds

    Stacie Friend

    3. Walton and Fictional Characters

    Eileen John

    4. Walton on ‘the Paradox of Fiction’: Confusions and Misunderstandings

    Derek Matravers

    5. Fear and Loathing in Fictional Worlds: Quasi-Emotion, Nonexistence, and the Slime Paradigm

    Eva Dadlez

    6. Lyric Self-Expression

    John Gibson and Hanna H. Kim

    7. Reading (with) Others

    Wolfgang Huemer

    8. The Puzzle of Fictional Morality

    Stuart Brock

    Part II: Visual Art, Photography and Music

    9. The Puzzle of Make-Believe About Pictures: Can One Imagine a Perception to Be Different?

    Sonia Sedivy

    10. Holey Images and the Roles of Realism

    John V. Kulvicki

    11. Photography as a Category of Art

    Diarmuid Costello

    12. Transparency and Egocentrism

    Nils-Hennes Stear

    13. Photographs and Memories

    Christopher C. Williams

    14. Fiction, Fictionality, and Pictures

    Paloma Atencia-Linares

    15. Understanding Humour, Understanding People, and Understanding Music

    Julian Dodd

    Part III: Themes in Aesthetics: Agency, Appearances and Norms

    16. Style and the Agency in Art

    Gregory Currie

    17. Veridical Appearances of Production and Marxist Aesthetics

    Bryan Parkhurst

    18. Playing with the Rules of the Game: Imagination, Normativity, and Address in Aesthetics

    Monique Roelofs

    Part IV: Beyond Aesthetics: Meaning, Metaphysics and Science

    19. ‘Existence as Metaphor’ Revisited

    Frederick Kroon

    20. Say Holmes Exists; Then What?

    Stephen Yablo

    21. Scientific Modelling and Make-Believe

    Roman Frigg

    22. The Story of the Ghost in the Machine

    Adam Toon

    Part V: Walton in Conversation

    23. Walton in Conversation

    Kendall L. Walton


    Sonia Sedivy is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Her research focuses on perception, aesthetics, and the later work of Wittgenstein. Beauty and the End of Art: Wittgenstein, Plurality and Perception (2016) offers a new approach to the diversity of art and beauty by bringing aesthetics together with the philosophy of perception and the later work of Wittgenstein. “Aesthetic Properties, History and Perception” shows how philosophy of perception and aesthetics inform one another in Art, History, Perception, a Special Issue of the British Journal of Aesthetics that she guest edited. She is currently writing a book on perception that draws on aesthetics.