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Mimesis as Make-Believe

On the Foundations of the Representational Arts

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$47.00 • £37.95 • €42.50

ISBN 9780674576032

Publication Date: 10/15/1993


480 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

27 halftones, 3 line illustrations, 2 tables


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Rigor, ingenuity and arresting subtlety are evident in the detailed working out of Walton’s ideas.—Sebastian Gardner, The Times Literary Supplement

This is philosophy at its best; combining the breadth of concern of the best continental philosophy (but shorn of its often wilful cloudiness) and the precision of the best analytical philosophy… A work of very great importance that will set the agenda for discussions in aesthetics for a long time to come.Philosophy

Walton’s aim…is to explore and explain the foundations of the representational arts. His theory is one that he has stated and restated with increasing detail and sophistication over the last seventeen years, and in this book it bears all the refinement and subtlety of argument that analytic philosophy can muster. This is an engaging, insightful, and persuasive volume.Philosophy and Literature

Kendall Walton’s book is one of the few genuinely distinguished contributions to aesthetic theory published in the last decade or two. It will be essential reading for anyone in the field and contains much that will be of great interest to scholars and critics of the arts.—Marshall Cohen, University of Southern California

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