Authors
Sherri Irvin
University of Oklahoma
Abstract
Christy Mag Uidhir’s Art and Art-Attempts begins from two deceptively simple observations: artworks are the product of intentions, and intentions are the kinds of things that can fail to be realized successfully. Drawing on these observations, he argues that most contemporary theories of art must be rejected because they are not substantively intention-dependent: that is, they do not account for the fact that an attempt to make an artwork can fail. From his view that artworks must be the product of art-attempts that are subject to failure, Mag Uidhir derives implications for many domains in the philosophy of art. He argues that artworks cannot be abstract objects, since abstract objects cannot participate in causal relations and thus can’t be the product of art attempts: one can’t coherently intend or attempt to create something that exists eternally. Things that we think of as repeatable artworks, then, can’t be abstract types: instead, Mag Uidhir proposes, every artwork is concrete, but some are tied together by a relation of relevant similarity. In this symposium, Mag Uidhir replies to three critics, David Davies, Sherri Irvin and Keith Lehrer. All three critics examine the relevant similarity relation that Mag Uidhir proposes to account for artworks that we treat as repeatable, while also considering a variety of other issues.
Keywords intention  creation of art  attempt  failure  abstracta  concreta  authorship  art forms  painting  printmaking  photography
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.5406/jaesteduc.52.2.0001
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

 PhilArchive page | Other versions
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Defining Art Historically.Jerrold Levinson - 1979 - British Journal of Aesthetics 19 (3):21-33.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Introduction to Special Issue on Printmaking.Christy Mag Uidhir - 2015 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 73 (1):1-8.
Mag Uidhir on Performance.P. D. Magnus - 2008 - British Journal of Aesthetics 48 (3):338-345.
Replies to Critics.Christy Mag Uidhir - 2018 - Journal of Aesthetic Education 52 (2):40.
Comics & Seriality.Christy Mag Uidhir - 2016 - In Roy T. Cook, Aaron Meskin & Frank Bramlett (eds.), Routledge Companion to Comics. Routledge. pp. 248-256.
A Miscast of Character: Actors, Characters, & Character Actors.Mag Uidhir Christy - 2016 - In Iskra Fileva (ed.), A Question of Character. Oxford University Press. pp. 444-458.
Art & Art-Attempts.Christy Mag Uidhir - 2013 - Oxford University Press.
Recordings as Performances.Christy Mag Uidhir - 2007 - British Journal of Aesthetics 47 (3):298-314.
Why Pornography Can't Be Art.Christy Mag Uidhir - 2009 - Philosophy and Literature 33 (1):193-203.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2018-05-09

Total views
29 ( #394,677 of 2,507,715 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
12 ( #63,598 of 2,507,715 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes