Art and Emotion

Paperback | April 15, 2001

byDerek Matravers

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Derek Matravers examines how emotions form a bridge between our experience of art and of life. We often find that a particular poem, painting, or piece of music carries an emotional charge; and we may experience emotions towards, or on behalf of, a particular fictional character. Theseexperiences are philosophically puzzling, for their causes seem quite different from the causes of emotion in the rest of our lives. Matravers shows that what these experiences have in common, and what links them to the expression of emotion in non-artistic cases, is the role played by feeling. Hecarries out a critical survey of various accounts of the nature of fiction, attacks contemporary cognitivist accounts of expression, and offers an uncompromising defence of a controversial view about musical expression: that music expresses the emotions it causes its listeners to feel.

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Derek Matravers examines how emotions form a bridge between our experience of art and of life. We often find that a particular poem, painting, or piece of music carries an emotional charge; and we may experience emotions towards, or on behalf of, a particular fictional character. Theseexperiences are philosophically puzzling, for the...

Derek Matravers is Lecturer in Philosophy at the Open University, and was previously a Research Fellow at Cambridge University, where he continues to teach philosophy.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:246 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.55 inPublished:April 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199243166

ISBN - 13:9780199243167

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The Emotions3. 'Fearing Fictions'4. Engaging Fictions5. Causal Stories6. Expression and Metaphor7. The Cognitive Theory8. Defending the Arousal Theory9. The Musical Experience10. Belief and Experience11. Creation and CriticismBibliography, Index

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`Art and Emotion is an ambitious and bold defence of views about emotional response and expression that have in general been dismissed far too quickly. Though one may disagree with Matravers' conclusions, he has produced a rich and carefully developed set of positions on topics central toaesthetics and shown that they recive our serious scrutiny.'Susan L Feagin, Mind 2000