Pretense and Display Theories of Theatrical Performance

Organon F: Medzinárodný Časopis Pre Analytickú Filozofiu (4):632-654 (2009)
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A survey of and a comparison of the relative strengths of two favored views of what theatrical performers do: pretend or engage in a variety of self-display. The behavioral version of the pretense theory is shown to be relatively weak as an instrument for understanding the variety of performance styles available in world theater. Whether pretense works as a theory of the mental capacities that underly theatrical performance is a separate question.



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