In Other Shoes: Music, Metaphor, Empathy, Existence by Kendall L. Walton

By Kendall L. Walton

In fifteen essays-one new, newly revised and increased, 3 with new postscripts-Kendall L. Walton wrestles with philosophical concerns touching on tune, metaphor, empathy, life, fiction, and expressiveness within the arts. those matters are intertwined in outstanding and incredible methods. via exploring connections between them, attractive occasionally to notions of imagining oneself in sneakers diversified from one's personal, Walton creates a wide-ranging mosaic of cutting edge insights.

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Viewers are to imagine a picture of Cupid. 9 Full appreciation of the painting includes looking at the part of the canvas that depicts the picture, and being induced to imagine Cupid, or anyway a child with wings and a bow, to imagine that there is such a being. Yet it is not fictional in Woman at a Virginal that there is a winged child with a bow. I am assuming that, in the cases we are interested in at least, imagining a ϕ entails or implies imagining that there is a ϕ. Obviously the reverse entailment doesn’t hold.

Consider a straightforward instance of a novel with an explicit narrator, Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Huck Finn is the narrator. 21 We would have a jolting paradox if at the end of the novel Huck declared, “no one lived to tell the tale,” or if Twain had made it obvious for one reason or another that Huck couldn’t have reported his adventures. (Suppose the novel ended with, “The posse chasing Jim shot me dead and dumped my body in the river. ” What I say here can be construed as an explanation of why the relevant questions are silly.

Fig. 6 is a picture of a Rhamphorynchus, a Pterosaur from the Jurassic period. ” Given obvious background information—the absence of 14 Thanks to David Braddon-Mitchell. Fic tionalit y and Imag inati on 29 Figure 6 Rhamphorhynchus, artist John Klausmeyer, © University of Michigan Museum of Natural History. 15 Viewers of the picture imagine that this is so. 16 Do we, then, observing Ralph’s portrait, imagine that Ralph is and is not seen? No, but we do imagine that he is seen and also imagine that he is unseen.

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