Why Skeptics Paint, or Imagining “Skepoiesis”: Un-Knowing and Re-Knowing Aesthetics Martin Ovens

Journal of Aesthetics and Phenomenology 1 (1):33-61 (2014)
  Copy   BIBTEX


ABSTRACTTwo distinct domains of philosophic enquiry are selected in order to disclose the core dynamics and concerns of a particular mode of “aesthetic skepsis”. Aspects of philosophy of cosmology and philosophy of infinity are considered in ways that serve to discipline the diminution of “belief” and the cultivation of creativity. The journey begins with a skeptic ego that is phenomenologically “empty” but wedded to a rhetoric of “darkness and light.” The result is a skepsis that needs to recapture and reconfigure aesthetics and art in order to represent and communicate itself. “Skepoiesis” is a “subtle knot”: it actively manifests as a “need for art” as well as enquiries into the problematics of philosophical aesthetics from the standpoint of creative skepsis.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 89,764

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Biocidal additive for paint materials.K. P. Zabotin - 1980 - Continent. Paint Resin News 18 (3):60.
Disjunctive causes.Carolina Sartorio - 2006 - Journal of Philosophy 103 (10):521-538.
Flexing the imagination.James Harold - 2003 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 61 (3):247–258.
Imagination.Fabian Dorsch - 2017 - Routledge.
Imagining the Past: on the nature of episodic memory.Robert Hopkins - 2018 - In Fiona MacPherson Fabian Dorsch (ed.), Memory and Imagination. Oxford University Press.
Skeptical Hypotheses and Moral Skepticism.Joshua May - 2013 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 43 (3):341-359.
Imagination and the distorting power of emotion.Peter Goldie - 2005 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 12 (8-10):127-139.


Added to PP

12 (#920,243)

6 months
2 (#652,025)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Martin Ovens
Oxford University

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

Pyrrhonian skepticism.Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (ed.) - 2004 - New York: Oxford University Press.
A dictionary of philosophy.Antony Flew (ed.) - 1979 - New York: Gramercy Books.
Ignorance: How It Drives Science.Stuart Firestein - 2012 - Oxford University Press.
The Infinite.Adrian W. Moore - 1990 - New York: Routledge.
The Sceptics.R. J. Hankinson - 1995 - New York: Routledge.

View all 52 references / Add more references