The Monist 76 (4):524-534 (1993)
AbstractMy recent book, Principles of Art History Writing, presents and defends a relativistic theory of art history. That book describes the changing styles of acceptable interpretations of such artists as Piero, Caravaggio and David. The validity of an interpretation, I argue, must be judged relative to the standards of its time. At each time, there is a certain consensus about what kinds of interpretations are worth taking seriously. Because those standards change with the times, the interpretations admired by earlier generations may today seem confused, problematic or wrong-headed. But such changes in standards of interpretation are compatible with objectivity in interpretation, for what defines objectivity is a certain consensus about what styles of interpretation are acceptable. One aim of the philosopher of art history is to provide a history of these changing standards.
Added to PP
Historical graph of downloads
References found in this work
No references found.
Citations of this work
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
J.S. Mill’s Canons of Induction: From True Causes to Provisional Ones.Steffen Ducheyne - 2008 - History and Philosophy of Logic 29 (4):361-376.
Inquiry as a Transcendental Activity.A. C. Genova - 1967 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 10 (1-4):1 – 20.
Erwin Panofsky, Leo Steinberg, David Carrier: The Problem of Objectivity in Art Historical Interpretation.David Carrier - 1989 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 47 (4):333-347.
New York Art, Pittsburgh Art, Art.David Carrier - 2003 - Journal of Aesthetic Education 37 (3):99-104.
Associate Professor of Religion.Jane Geaney - 1999 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 19 (1):1-11.
Rosalind Krauss and American Philosophical Art Criticism: From Formalism to Beyond Postmodernism.David Carrier - 2002 - Praeger.
Art and its Preservation.David Carrier - 1985 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 43 (3):291-300.
Gombrich and Danto on Defining Art.David Carrier - 1996 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 54 (3):279-281.
“Journalism Is a Loose-Jointed Thing”: A Content Analysis of Editor & Publisher's Discussion of Journalistic Conduct Prior to the Canons of Journalism, 1901–1922.Ronald R. Rodgers - 2007 - Journal of Mass Media Ethics 22 (1):66 – 82.