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Jonathan Gilmore
Yale University (New Haven, CT 06510-1703)
Evaluating Emotional Responses to Works of Art and the Imagination

Many philosophical accounts of the emotions conceive of them as susceptible to assessments of rationality, fittingness, or some other notion of aptness. Analogous assumptions apply in cases of emotions directed at what are only fictional works of art or only works of the imagination. My study in the philosophy of art addresses whether the criteria invoked in evaluating the correctness or putative rationality of those emotions we have toward what we take to be real facts or states of affairs apply invariantly to those emotions we have toward what are only fictional or imagined. My question may be posed this way: Does our emotional engagement with work of arts follow and reflect our emotional engagement with the real world? Or do works of art draw on distinctive capacities and dispositions for emotional responses that reflect the special purposes for which we create such works and for which we engage in free imagining?

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Project fields:

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Research Programs

$33,600 (approved)
$33,600 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2013 – 5/31/2014