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Philosophical Perspectives on Art

Stephen Davies

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199202423
eISBN:
9780191708541
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199202423.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

This book presents a series of chapters devoted to two of the most fundamental topics in the philosophy of art: the distinctive character of artworks and what is involved in understanding them as ... More


Functional and Procedural Definitions of Art

Stephen Davies

in Philosophical Perspectives on Art

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199202423
eISBN:
9780191708541
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199202423.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

This chapter explores two approaches to the definition of art. Functional definitions usually argue that art has the defining purpose of rewarding an aesthetic interest. Procedural or institutional ... More


Conclusion

Paul Crowther

in Art and Embodiment: From Aesthetics to Self-Consciousness

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199244973
eISBN:
9780191697425
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199244973.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

This concluding chapter summarizes the discussions in the preceding chapters. It argues the ecological definition of art squares with some common-sense notions about art, namely that it involves ... More


Art, Open-Endedness, and Indefinite Extensibility

Roy T. Cook

in Art and Abstract Objects

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199691494
eISBN:
9780191746277
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691494.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics, Metaphysics/Epistemology

It is often claimed that the concept art is open-ended and that this open-endedness prevents there being precise, necessary, and sufficient conditions for application of the concept (a definition of ... More


Art and Art-Attempts

Christy Mag Uidhir

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199665778
eISBN:
9780191748608
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199665778.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

Although few philosophers agree about what it is for something to be defined as art, most, if not all, agree on one thing: art must be in some sense intention-dependent. Art and Art-Attempts is about ... More


Can This Be Art?

Ellen Winner

in How Art Works: A Psychological Exploration

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780190863357
eISBN:
9780190936525
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190863357.003.0002
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

While philosophers have tried to define art by necessary and sufficient features, this effort has failed. Art is a socially constructed, open concept that eludes formal definition. While art cannot ... More


Further Implications

Christy Mag Uidhir

in Art and Art-Attempts

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199665778
eISBN:
9780191748608
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199665778.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

In the final chapter, the author discusses the implications the attempt framework has for various art-theoretical positions once place therein. This includes not only the essentialist and ... More


Concepts and Categories of Art: A Very Brief Primer

William P. Seeley

in Attentional Engines: A Perceptual Theory of the Arts

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
February 2020
ISBN:
9780190662158
eISBN:
9780190662189
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190662158.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

Chapter 3 expands on the discussion of categories of art. The chapter evaluates four models for a theory of concepts for categories of art: a classical account derived from traditional, definitional ... More


Perennial Questions

Ellen Winner

in How Art Works: A Psychological Exploration

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780190863357
eISBN:
9780190936525
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190863357.003.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

This chapter explains the approach of the book: taking puzzling questions about the arts, often posed by philosophers, and examining how psychologists have reframed these questions so that they can ... More


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