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Pouring Forth the Soul

Jenefer Robinson

in Deeper than Reason

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9780199263653
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603211 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199263655.003.0008
Pouring Forth the Soul

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R. G. Collingwood defended a Romantic theory of art as the expression of emotion, which was so effectively criticized by the philosopher Alan Tormey in 1971 that Collingwood's theory was left for dead. This chapter rehabilitates Collingwood's views, not as a theory of art in general, but as a theory of expression in the arts. Collingwood's idea that the expression of emotion in literature, painting, and so on is the articulation and elucidation of emotion is clarified by reference to the theory of emotion worked out in Part One. Expression should be thought of as a special kind of cognitive monitoring and as part of the emotion process.

Keywords: art; romantic theory; theory of emotion; R. G. Collingwood; Alan Tormey; expression; cognitive monitoring

Chapter.  10835 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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