Artistic Institutions, Valuable Experiences: Coming to Terms with Artistic Value

Philosophia 40 (3):591-606 (2012)
Supposing that talk of a distinctively artistic type of value is warranted, what separates it from other sorts of value? Any plausible answer must explain both what is of value and what is artistic about artistically valuable properties. Flaws with extant accounts stem from neglect of one component or the other; the account offered here, based on careful attention to actual art-critical practices, brings both together. The “value” component depends on the capacity of artworks to provide subjectively valuable experiences, while the “artistic” component relies on the specific norms constitutive of artworld institutions. Understanding artistic value in this way allows for progress on several persistent problems, including the ethical value of art, relativism in artistic value, and the proper boundaries of philosophical aesthetics.
Keywords Artistic value  Artworld  Beardsley  Dispositions  Experiences  Institutional definitions of art  Graves
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DOI 10.1007/s11406-011-9342-5
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