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Percevoir l’expression émotionelle dans les objets inanimés : l’example du vin

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2012
Author Todd Cain,
Project Imagination, Emotion and Value
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Diaolgue: Canadian Review of Philosophy
Volume (Issue) 51(01)
Page(s) 129 - 139
Title of proceedings Diaolgue: Canadian Review of Philosophy


Amongst inanimate objects, it is generally accepted that at least some art forms, such as music and painting, are capable of being genuinely expressive of emotion, even though it is difficult to understand exactly how. In contrast, although expressive properties can be attributed to non-artworks, such as natural objects or wine, it has often been claimed that such objects cannot be genuinely expressive. Focussing on wine, I argue that once we understand properly the nature of expressiveness, if we allow that music can be expressive there is no good reason to withold the ability to be genuinely expressive from wine.