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Kendall Walton

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Kendall Walton is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Michigan. Much of his work consists in exploring connections between theoretical questions about the arts, and issues of philosophy of mind, metaphysics, and philosophy of language. 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. His Mimesis as Make Believe develops a theory of make-believe and uses it to understand the nature and varieties of representation in the arts. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and past president of the American Society for Aesthetics.