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Expressive perception as projective imagining

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JournalMind and Language
DatePublished - Jun 2008
Issue number3
Number of pages30
Pages (from-to)329-358
Original languageEnglish


I argue that our experience of expressive properties (such as the joyfulness or sadness of a piece of music) essentially involves the sensuous imagination (through simulation) of an emotion-guided process which would result in the production of the properties which constitute the realisation of the expressive properties experienced. I compare this proposal with arousal theories, Wollheim's Freudian account, and other more closely related theories appealing to imagination such as Kendall Walton's. I explain why the proposal is most naturally developed in terms of simulation and briefly comment upon the impact of work on cross-cultural perception of facial expression, modularity and autism for the proposal.

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