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Art, Mind, and NarrativeThemes from the Work of Peter Goldie$
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Julian Dodd

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198769736

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198769736.001.0001

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Expressing Emotions

Expressing Emotions

From Action to Art

(p.176) 11 Expressing Emotions
Art, Mind, and Narrative

Sabine A. Doring

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that expression of emotion in art is a special case of expressive action. Insofar as it expresses emotions, art, like any expressive action, embodies and signals not just a mental state but also how the world is evaluated in that state, which thereby enables us to use art to share our point of view and let each other know what matters to us. In the process of arguing for this position, this chapter also presents an approach to expressive action according to which this type of action both embodies and signals the agent’s emotional state, yet without this requiring any means-end reasoning on the part of the agent. Intentional expression of emotion, be it through action or art, is the completion and clarification of the emotion itself, which often is not known before it is expressed.

Keywords:   Keywords expression of emotion, expressive action, art, Collingwood, means-end reasoning

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