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Make Believe

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Kendall Walton

Fictionality and Prescribed Imaginings

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Kendall Walton is Charles L. Stevenson Collegiate Professor of Philosophy, College of Literature, Science & Arts, and Professor at the School of Art & Design, University of Michigan, USA. Much of Professor Walton’s work consists in exploring connections between theoretical questions about the arts and issues of philosophy of mind, metaphysics, and philosophy of language. His book Mimesis as Make Believe: On the Foundations of the Representational Arts, develops a theory of make-believe and uses it to understand the nature and varieties of representation in the arts.  He has written extensively on pictorial representation, fiction and the emotions, the ontological status of fictional entities, the aesthetics of music, metaphor, and aesthetic value.  He has held fellowships from the National Endowment of Humanities, the American Council for Learned Societies, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Stanford Humanities Center. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and past president of the American Society for Aesthetics.