Art and Belief by Ema Sullivan-BissettArt and Belief by Ema Sullivan-Bissett

Art and Belief

EditorEma Sullivan-Bissett, Helen Bradley, Paul Noordhof

Hardcover | November 25, 2017

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Art and Belief presents twelve new essays at the intersection of philosophy of mind and philosophy of art, particularly to do with the relation between belief and truth in our experience of art. Several contributors discuss the cognitive contributions artworks can make and the questionssurrounding these. Can authors of fiction testify to their readers? If they can, are they culpable for the false beliefs of their readers formed in response to their work? If they cannot, that is, if the testimonial powers of authors of fiction are limited, is there some non-testimonial epistemicrole that fiction can play? And in any case, is such a role relevant when determining the value of the work?Also explored are issues concerned with the phenomenon of fictional persuasion, specifically, what is the nature of the attitude involved in such cases (those in which we form beliefs about the real world in response to reading fiction)? If these attitudes are typically unstable, unjustified, andunreliable, does this put pressure on the view that they are beliefs? If these attitudes are beliefs, does this put pressure on the view that all beliefs are aimed at truth? The final pair of papers in the volume take different stances on the nature of aesthetic testimony, and whether testimony of this kind is a legitimate source of beliefs about aesthetic properties and value.
Ema Sullivan-Bissett is a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Birmingham. Her research concerns the nature of belief and its connection to truth, as well as delusional beliefs and how they are formed. Her publications include 'A Defence of Owens' Exclusivity Objection to Beliefs Having Aims' (2013), Philosophical Studies, vol. ...
Title:Art and BeliefFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.03 inPublished:November 25, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. IntroductionSECTION I: Author Testimony2. Kathleen Stock: Fiction, Testimony, Belief, and History3. Eva-Maria Konrad: Signposts of Factuality4. Anna Ichino and Gregory Currie: Truth and Trust in FictionSECTION II: Non-Testimonial Epistemic Contributions of Fiction5. James O. Young: Literary Fiction and True Beliefs6. Peter Lamarque: Belief, Thought and Literature7. Allan Hazlett: Imagination that Amounts to Knowledge from Fiction8. Lucy O'Brien: The Novel as a Source for Self-KnowledgeSECTION III: Belief, Truth, and Attitudes from Fictional Persuasion9. Ema Sullivan-Bissett and Lisa Bortolotti: Fictional Persuasion, Transparency, and the Aim of Belief10. Asbjorn Steglich-Petersen: Fictional Persuasion and the Nature of Belief11. Wesley Buckwalter and Katherine Tullmann: The Genuine Attitude View of Fictional BeliefSECTION IV: Aesthetic Appreciation and Belief12. Jon Robson: Against Aesthetic Exceptionalism13. Daniel Whiting: Don't Take my Word for It: On Beliefs, Affects, Reasons, Values, Rationality, and Aesthetic Testimony