Aesthetic creation • by N. Zangwill

Analysis 69 (2):399-401 (2009)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

Definitions of art tend to take the phenomenon at face value, with philosophers aspiring to accommodate their theories to the artistic facts no matter how bizarre. The result, as for instance in the work of Dickie, is a definition of art neutral on the questions whether any of it is any good, and why anyone would bother to produce it. Zangwill bucks this trend by insisting that the method of definition-and-counterexample that drives much of the field is out of date, and by contending that any good theory of art should explain why making and appreciating it is worth our while. The result is an account of art that foregrounds aesthetic value while striving to show why art production and appreciation are rational activities.Zangwill sees the tradition he wishes to rebut as guided by the method of ‘extensional adequacy’, that is, ‘ … a theory of art that classifies as art all or most of the things we intuitively call “art”, and that excludes all or most of the things that we intuitively do not call “art” ’. This is jarring, since that tradition aims for intensional adequacy, as shown by the fact that a critic of a given theory is allowed to proffer hypothetical rather than just actual cases in aid of that critique. Zangwill's error does not, however, undermine the gravamen of his challenge, which is this. Insofar as we are after a theory of art rather than a description of the …

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 92,075

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

Aesthetic creation.Nick Zangwill - 2007 - Oxford: Oxford University Press.
The concept of the aesthetic.Nick Zangwill - 1998 - European Journal of Philosophy 6 (1):78–93.
Are there counterexamples to aesthetic theories of art?Nick Zangwill - 2002 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 60 (2):111–118.
Reply to Larry Shiner on architecture.Nick Zangwill - 2009 - Sztuka I Filozofia (Art and Philosophy) 35:254.
Aesthetic/sensory dependence.Nick Zangwill - 1998 - British Journal of Aesthetics 38 (1):66-81.
Beauty.Nick Zangwill - 2003 - In Jerrold Levinson (ed.), Oxford Companion to Aesthetics. Oxford University Press.

Analytics

Added to PP
2009-04-11

Downloads
63 (#256,981)

6 months
4 (#794,133)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Mitchell Green
University of Connecticut

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references