Oxford University Press (1998)

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Derek Matravers
Open University (UK)
Abstract
Matravers examines how emotions form the 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 toward, or on behalf of, a particular fictional character. 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. He carries out a critical survey of various accounts of the nature of fiction, attacks contemporary cognitivist accounts of expression, and offers an uncompromising defense of a controversial view about musical expression: that music works by expressing the emotions it causes its listeners to feel.
Keywords Emotions (Philosophy  Aesthetics  Emotions in art
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Call number B105.E46.M37 1998
ISBN(s) 0199243166   9780199243167   0198236387
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The problem of expression has seemed more difficult than it actually is because philosophers have construed it in terms of intentional objects and necessary connections, when really the explanation is causal and there are only contingent collections. The problem has been to show that all t... see more

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