Kendall L. Walton (born 1939) is a
professor of philosophy at the University of
His work mainly deals with theoretical
questions about the arts and issues of philosophy of mind,
metaphysics, and philosophy of language. His book Mimesis as
Make Believe: On the Foundations of the Representational Arts
develops a theory of make-believe and uses it to understand the
nature and varieties of representation in the arts. He has written
extensively on pictorial representation, fiction and the emotions,
the ontological status of fictional entities, the aesthetics of
music, metaphor, and aesthetic value.
- Mimesis as Make Believe: On the Foundations of the
Representational Arts. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University
- Marvelous Images: On Values and the Arts. Oxford &
New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.
- In Other Shoes: Music, Metaphor, Empathy, Existence.
Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press (forthcoming).