Art and the aesthetic -- Traditional aestheticism -- A new aestheticism -- Aesthetic communication -- The artworld and the practice of art -- The artifactual concept of function -- Art as an aesthetic practice -- Artistic value as aesthetic.
The paper considers the possibility of following the socratic model in doing away with reading assignments as a basis for philosophical discussions in class and describes techniques used in a beginning course conducted by the author in which reading assignments were not given.
In The Aesthetic Function of Art, I was mainly concerned to show how my “new aestheticism” can meet standard objections to aestheticism, but I have come to realize that, since it is as much a new institutionalism as it is a new aestheticism, its institutionalist aspect requires defense as much as its aestheticist aspect does. In this article, I show how a judicious aestheticizing of George Dickie's second version of the institutional theory of art, incorporating fundamental features of my own (...) view, can meet what seems to me to be the most serious objection to institutionalism in general, the dilemma famously proposed by Richard Wollheim. (shrink)
One of the main aims of modern logic at its inception was to show that mathematics could be "reduced to logic"; that is, that mathematical notions could be defined in terms of logical constants in the sense in which we have defined some logical ...