“What is appreciation?” is a basic question in the philosophy of art, and the analogy between appreciating a work of art and getting a joke can help us answer it. We first propose a subjective account of aesthetic appreciation (I). Then we consider jokes (II). The difference between getting a joke and not, or what it is to get it right, can often be objectively articulated. Such explanations cannot substitute for the joke itself, and indeed may undermine the very power of the joke to evoke an appropriate response. Sometimes the discourse of art critics can have a similar effect. We therefore explore the analogy between getting jokes and appreciating works of art (III), and find it unexpectedly strong. Finally (IV), we consider Wittgensteinian grounds for thinking as we do, considering the language game of joke-telling, the relevance of seeing aspects, and giving reasons.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
The Joke is the Thing: 'In the Company of Men' and the Ethics of Humor.Aaron Smuts - 2007 - Film and Philosophy 11 (1):49-66.
Conceptual Art is Not What It Seems.Dominic McIver Lopes - 2007 - In Peter Goldie & Elisabeth Schellekens (eds.), Philosophy and Conceptual Art. Oxford University Press.
Free Will and the Burden of Proof.William G. Lycan - 2003 - In Anthony O'Hear (ed.), Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement. Cambridge University Press. pp. 107-122.
Seeing is Believing' and 'Believing is Seeing.Elisabeth Schellekens - 2005 - Acta Analytica 20 (4):10-23.
Jokes Are a Laughing Matter.Peter Kivy - 2003 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 61 (1):5-15.
Meta-Representation in Linguistic Jokes.Peiling Cui - 2009 - In Wolfgang Wildgen & Barend van Heusden (eds.), Metarepresentation, Self-Organization and Art. Peter Lang. pp. 9--71.
Just Joking: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Humor.Berys Nigel Gaut - 1998 - Philosophy and Literature 22 (1):51-68.
Aesthetics and the Environment: The Appreciation of Nature, Art, and Architecture.Allen Carlson - 1999 - Routledge.
Rethinking Art and Philosophy of Art.Gerhard Seel - 2012 - Journal of Philosophical Research 37 (Supplement):77-84.
Added to index2010-09-21
Total downloads145 ( #33,008 of 2,177,988 )
Recent downloads (6 months)4 ( #73,516 of 2,177,988 )
How can I increase my downloads?