In fifteen essays-one new, two newly revised and expanded, three with new postscripts-Kendall L. Walton wrestles with philosophical issues concerning music, metaphor, empathy, existence, fiction, and expressiveness in the arts. These subjects are intertwined in striking and surprising ways. By exploring connections among them, appealing sometimes to notions of imagining oneself in shoes different from one's own, Walton creates a wide-ranging mosaic of innovative insights.
After considering a career in music, Kendall Walton found his natural home in philosophy, earning a B.A. at Berkeley and his Ph.D. from Cornell University. He taught for many years at the University of Michigan, and more recently at Stanford University. His writings include the ground breaking Mimesis as Make-believe (1990), and a companion volume to the present one, Marvelous Images: On Values and the Arts (2008). Walton is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a past president of the American Society for Aesthetics.
Preface ; Chapter 1. Empathy, Imagination and Phenomenal Concepts ; Chapter 2 Fictionality and Imagination: Mind the Gap ; Chapter 3. Two Kinds of Physicality, in Electronic and Acoustic Music ; Postscripts to <"Two Kinds of Physicality, in Electronic and Acoustic Music> " ; Chapter 4. Thoughtwriting-in Poetry and Music ; Chapter 5. <"It's Only a Game> ": Sports as Fiction ; Chapter 6. Restricted Quantification, Negative Existentials, and Fiction ; Chapter 7. Existence as Metaphor? ; Postscript to <"Existence as Metaphor?> " ; Chapter 8. Projectivism, Empathy, and Musical Tension ; Chapter 9. Listening with Imagina tion: Is Music Representational? ; Chapter 10. Metaphor and Prop Oriented Make-Believe ; Chapter 11. Understanding Humor and Understanding Music ; Chapter 12 What Is Abstract About the Art of Music? ; Chapter 13. The Presentation and Portrayal of Sound Patterns ; Postscripts to <"The Presentation and Portrayal of Sound Patterns> " ; Chapter 14. Fearing Fictions ; Chapter 15. Spelunking, Simulation and Slime: On Being Moved by Fiction ; Acknowledgements ; Index