Chapter 4. Empathy, Expression, and What Artworks Have to Teach

  1. Garry L. Hagberg Chair
  1. Mitchell Green

Published Online: 23 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444302813.ch4

Art and Ethical Criticism

Art and Ethical Criticism

How to Cite

Green, M. (2008) Empathy, Expression, and What Artworks Have to Teach, in Art and Ethical Criticism (ed G. L. Hagberg), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444302813.ch4

Editor Information

  1. University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

Author Information

  1. Cavaliers' Distinguished Teaching Professor, University of Virginia, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 20 JUN 2008

Book Series:

  1. New Directions in Aesthetics

Book Series Editors:

  1. Dominic McIver Lopes3 and
  2. Berys Gaut4

Series Editor Information

  1. 3

    University of British Columbia, Canada

  2. 4

    University of St Andrews, UK

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405134835

Online ISBN: 9781444302813



  • what artworks have to teach;
  • showing how and knowing how;
  • perceiving aspects and affects;
  • ability of works of art to teach us things;
  • Gary Faigin's The Artist's Complete Guide to Facial Expression;
  • expressiveness and showing how;
  • congruence of sensation and affect;
  • empathy and epistemology;
  • art and skill


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Three Forms of Showing

  • Showing How and Knowing How

  • Perceiving Aspects and Affects

  • Expressiveness and Showing How

  • Congruence of Sensation and Affect

  • Empathy and Epistemology

  • Art and Skill