According to many, criticism of the arts, like the creation of art, involves a major role for imaginativeness. This introduction presents some of the reasons why philosophers have found this view plausible. Literary interpretation, aesthetic experience, and the prevalence of metaphor in critics’ descriptions have all seemed to provide evidence for this claim. The introduction then explains why this view of criticism is of interest. It concludes by setting out the structure of the book and describing the content of each chapter.
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