Marvelous Images: On Values and the Arts [NOOK Book]

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The twelve essays by Kendall Walton in this volume address a broad range of theoretical issues concerning the arts. Many of them apply to the arts generally-to literature, theater, film, music, and the visual arts-but several focus primarily on pictorial representation or photography. In "'How Marvelous!': Toward a Theory of Aesthetic Value" Walton introduces an innovative account of aesthetic value, and in this and other essays he explores relations between aesthetic value and values of other kinds, especially ...
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The twelve essays by Kendall Walton in this volume address a broad range of theoretical issues concerning the arts. Many of them apply to the arts generally-to literature, theater, film, music, and the visual arts-but several focus primarily on pictorial representation or photography. In "'How Marvelous!': Toward a Theory of Aesthetic Value" Walton introduces an innovative account of aesthetic value, and in this and other essays he explores relations between aesthetic value and values of other kinds, especially moral values. Two of the essays take on what has come to be called imaginative resistance-a cluster of puzzles that arise when works of fiction ask us to imagine or to accept as true in a fiction moral propositions that we find reprehensible in real life. "Transparent Pictures", Walton's classic and controversial account of what is special about photographic pictures, is included, along with a new essay on a curious but rarely noticed feature of photographs and other still pictures-the fact that a depiction of a momentary state of an object in motion allows viewers to observe that state, in imagination, for an extended period of time. Two older essays round out the collection-another classic, "Categories of Art", and a less well known essay, "Style and the Products and Processes of Art", which examines the role of appreciators' impressions of how a work of art came about, in understanding and appreciation. None of the reprinted essays is abridged, and new postscripts have been added to several of them.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199720903
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/23/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Kendall Walton turned to philosophy as an undergraduate at Berkeley, after considering a career in music. He received his PhD from Cornell University in 1967, and has taught at the University of Michigan since then. His extensive writings on aesthetics include the groundbreaking, Mimesis as Make-Believe (1990). He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a past president of the American Society for Aesthetics.

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Table of Contents


Aesthetic and Moral Values
"How Marvelous!": Toward a Theory of Aesthetic Value     3
Postscripts to "'How Marvelous!'"     20
The Test of Time     23
Morals in Fiction and Fictional Morality     27
On the (So-Called) Puzzle of Imaginative Resistance     47
Pictures and Photographs
Pictures and Hobby Horses: Make-Believe beyond Childhood     63
Transparent Pictures: On the Nature of Photographic Realism     79
Postscripts to "Transparent Pictures": Clarifications and To Do's     110
On Pictures and Photographs: Objections Answered     117
Seeing-In and Seeing Fictionally     133
Depiction, Perception, and Imagination: Responses to Richard Wollheim     143
Experiencing Still Photographs: What Do You See and How Long Do You See It?     157
Categories and Styles
Categories of Art     195
Style and the Products and Processes of Art     221
Index     249
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