Magic, Alief and Make-Believe

Cavedon-Taylor, Dan (2024). Magic, Alief and Make-Believe. Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism (In press).

Abstract

Leddington (2016) remains the leading contemporary philosophical account of magic, one that has been relatively unchallenged. In this discussion piece, I have three aims; namely, to (i) criticise Leddington’s attempt to explain the experience of magic in terms of belief-discordant alief; (ii) explore the possibility that much, if not all, of the experience of magic can be explained by mundane belief-discordant perception; and (iii) argue that make-believe is crucial to successful performances of magic in ways Leddington at best overlooks and at worst denies.

Viewing alternatives

No digital document available to download for this item

Item Actions

Export

About