Diarmuid Costello
University of Warwick
This paper considers whether Kant’s aesthetics withstands the challenge of Conceptual Art. I begin by looking at two competing views of Conceptual Art by recent philosophers, before settling on an ‘inclusive’ view of the form: Conceptual Art includes both ‘strong’ and ‘weak’ non-perceptual art. I then set out two kinds of conceptual complexity that I argue are implicated by all aesthetic judgements of art on Kant’s view: the concept of art itself, and the idea the work is meant to express. I go on to demonstrate the applicability of Kant’s aesthetics to Conceptual Art by considering two works by Lawrence Weiner, which I take to be a work of work of weak and strong NPA respectively.
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