Apr 3

Cowling Visiting Professor Kendall Walton to give public talk

DATE CHANGED: Professor Kendall Walton will deliver a public talk - "Learning from fiction". Pizza will be served.

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012
12:00 – 1:00 pm / Leighton #305

Here is a brief synopsis of Professor Kendall's talk "Learning From Fiction":  Works of fiction sometimes help us understand people, attitudes, situations or experiences different from any we have encountered in real life.  On the other hand, our ability to appreciate art is limited by the extent of our past real life experiences.  We will explore when, how, and to what extent each of these observations applies to our experiences of various kinds of art, emphasizing especially the kinds of illumination works of fiction provide, and the mechanisms by which they do so.

Kendall Walton is the Charles L. Stevenson Collegiate Professor 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 on the nature and importance of fiction, emotional responses to fiction, the ontological status of fictional entities, pictorial representation, photography, empathy, the aesthetics of music, metaphor, aesthetic value, and on relations between aesthetic and moral values.

Sponsored by Philosophy. Contact: Sandy Saari, +1 507 412 9076