British Journal of Aesthetics 44 (4):361-377 (2004)
|Abstract||This paper criticizes contemporary relativist scepticism concerning the universal validity of the concepts ‘art’ and the ‘aesthetic’. As an alternative, it offers a normative definition of art based on intrinsic aesthetic meaning contextualized by innovation and refinement in the diachronic history of art media. In section I, anti-foundationalist relativism, and softer versions (found in the Institutional definitions of art) are expounded in relation to art and the aesthetic. In section II, it is argued that antifoundationalism is conceptually flawed and tacitly racist, and is, in effect, a cultural expression of global consumerism. Section III analyses the scope of the aesthetic in non-western contexts, and then offers a critique of the Institutional definitions as also being conceptually flawed, tacitly racist, and consumerist in orientation. In section IV the positive basis of a normative definition of art is outlined in detail and defended at length against possible relativist objections. It is finally argued that the normative approach taken in this paper shows how cultural conservatism can be a left-wing project.|
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Through your library||Configure|
Similar books and articles
Dominic McIver Lopes (2007). Art Without ‘Art’. British Journal of Aesthetics 47 (1):1-15.
Anne D. R. Sheppard (1987). Aesthetics: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Art. Oxford University Press.
Paul Crowther (1993). Art and Embodiment: From Aesthetics to Self-Consciousness. Oxford University Press.
Lars Aagaard-Mogensen (ed.) (1976). Culture and Art: An Anthology. Humanities Press.
Kathleen Kadon Desmond (2011). Ideas About Art. Wiley-Blackwell.
Alex Aliyev (2009). The Intentional-Attributive Definition of Art. Consciousness, Literature and the Arts 10 (2).
Aaron Smuts (2005). Are Video Games Art? Contemporary Aesthetics 2.
Paul Crowther (2002). The Transhistorical Image: Philosophizing Art and its History. Cambridge University Press.
Paul Crowther (2007). Defining Art, Creating the Canon: Artistic Value in an Era of Doubt. Oxford University Press.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads27 ( #45,781 of 549,088 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #63,317 of 549,088 )
How can I increase my downloads?