Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 100 (4):971-994 (2019)

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C. Thi Nguyen
University of Utah
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Art can be addressed, not just to individuals, but to groups. Art can even be part of how groups think to themselves – how they keep a grip on their values over time. I focus on monuments as a case study. Monuments, I claim, can function as a commitment to a group value, for the sake of long-term action guidance. Art can function here where charters and mission statements cannot, precisely because of art’s powers to capture subtlety and emotion. In particular, art can serve as the vessel for group emotions, by making emotional content sufficiently public so as to be the object of a group commitment. Art enables groups to guide themselves with values too subtle to be codified.
Keywords Aesthetics  Monuments  Commitments  Group agency  Emotions  Group intention  Group values  Public art  Collective intentions  Joint commitment
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