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Mimesis as Make-Believe: On the Foundations of the Representational Arts (review)

From: Philosophy and Literature
Volume 15, Number 1, April 1991
pp. 118-128 | 10.1353/phl.1991.0048

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Reviewed by
Mimesis as Make-Believe: On the Foundations of the Representational Arts, by Kendall Walton; xiv & 450 pp. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1990, $35.00.
David Novitz
University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Footnotes

1. Pictures and Their Use in Communication (The Hague: Nijhoff, 1977), chap. 1; and "Pictures, Fiction and Resemblance," British Journal of Aesthetics 22 (1982): 222-32.

2. Ibid.

3. Francis Sparshott, The Theory of the Arts (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1982), pp. 25-26.

4. See my "Art, Narrative, and Human Nature," PHILOSOPHY AND LITERATURE 13 (1989): 57-74.

5. All of this has been defended in some detail in my "Art, Life, and Reality," British Journal of Aesthetics 30 (1990).

6. See Walton, "Fearing Fictions," Journal of Philosophy 75 (1978): 5-26.

7. The notion of a sensitivity is borrowed from Susan Feagin, to whom I am indebted for comments on an earlier version of this discussion.

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