Marvelous Images

Marvelous Images : On Values and the Arts

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The twelve essays by Kendall Walton in this volume address a broad range of issues concerning the arts. Walton introduces an innovative account of aesthetic value, and explores relations between aesthetic value and values of other kinds. His classic 'Categories of Art' is included, as is 'Transparent Pictures', his controversial account of what is special about photographs. A new essay investigates the fact that still pictures are still, although some of
them depict motion. New postscripts have been added to several of the reprinted essays.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 15mm | 401g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Abridged
  • 0195177959
  • 9780195177954
  • 1,662,134

Table of contents

Part I: Aesthetic and Moral Values
1: "How Marvelous": Toward a Theory of Aesthetic Value
Postscripts to "How Marvelous!"
2: The Test of Time
3: Morals in Fiction and Fictional Morality
4: On the (So-Called) Puzzle of Imaginative Resistance
Part II: Pictures and Photographs
5: Pictures & Hobby Horses: Make-Believe Beyond Childhood
6: Transparent Pictures: On the Nature of Photographic Realism
Postscripts to "Transparent Pictures"
7: On Pictures & Photographs: Objections Answered
8: Seeing In and Seeing Fictionally
9: Depiction, Perception, & Imagination: Responses to Richard Wollheim
10: Experiencing Still Photographs: What Do You See and How Long Do You See It?
Part III: Categories and Styles
11: Categories of Art
12: Style and the Products and Processes of Art
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The collection is indeed a joy to read... Each essay gives the tangible impression hearing an outstanding philosopher in direct engagement with the issues... For all the freshness and directness of style, there is an extraordinary level of subtle nuance and fine distinction... It is a principal conclusion of the opening chapter, which gives the collection its title, that a distinctive mark of aesthetic pleasure is the fact we take pleasure, not just in the object
itself, but also in our admiration for the object. Just such a pleasure will be occasioned by this admirable volume. Marvelous indeed. * Ian Ground, Philosophy *
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About Kendall Walton

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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