Fearing fictionally · Kendall L. Walton. In Alex Neill & Aaron Ridley (eds.), Arguing About Art: Contemporary Philosophical Debates. Routledge. pp. (). University of Michigan Professor Kendall Walton wrote his groundbreaking paper “Fearing Fictions” back in His paper truly merits all the. K. Walton on Fearing Fiction. In Stecker and Gracyk, Aesthetics Today (). This document is a summary of Kendall Walton, “Spelunking.

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Don’t have an account? Solutions to the definitional problem are defined largely in relation to Kendall Walton’s view on the subject. His book, Mimesis as Make-Believepresents a general theory of representation of which a solution to the definitional problem forms a part.

‘Fearing Fictions’

Walton’s basic insight may be expressed as follows: However, they are not really feeling emotions; they are merely in some state which makes it true that in the game fictiobs are feeling emotions. Walton argues that our reaction to fiction can be explained wxlton construing it as a sophisticated game of make-believe. According to Walton, one of the games of make-believe we play with fiction is to imagine that the novel is a true report of the activities of a person or a thing, or whatever.


Reading this report arouses states which have the phenomenological and physiological appearances of emotions, but which are not emotions because they do not include the requisite belief.

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