Artistic judgement : a framework for philosophical by Graham McFee

By Graham McFee

"Artistic Judgement" sketches a framework for an account of paintings compatible to philosophical aesthetics. It stresses transformations among artistic endeavors and different issues; and locates the certainty of artistic endeavors either in a story of the heritage of paintings and within the institutional practices of the artwork international. as a result its area of expertise lies in its powerful account of the adaptation among, at the one hand, the judgement and Read more...


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A broad commitment to definability and definiteness might lead one to expect some account of this—the question cannot simply be ignored. Yet, if each individual element in the cluster absolutely requires a (traditional) necessaryand-sufficient-conditions definition for its integrity (in line with the demands of definiteness), it will be odd if the whole ‘cluster’ does not. Or, if the ‘cluster’ does not require such a definition, it seems odd to insist that the elements do. In this way, 26 1 The Artistic and the Aesthetic: A Distinction Considered the internal stability of this conception is undermined.

Since we cannot know the impact of these (hypothetical) future works on that history, we cannot guarantee their consistency with it. But just this would be required of our (candidate) definition. More importantly, the absence of a definition here is not obviously a deficiency. An interesting illustration might come from the putative definition of “game” offered by Bernard Suits (1978: see SRV: 17–31). Suppose (what is false) that Suits’ view offers an accurate definition of “game”: where would that leave those of us who did not know it?

Thus one may need persuading that a certain aspect is a matter of meaning rather than of significance. 2 In practice, we can typically distinguish accurately these judgements of, say, association from those concerning artistic meaning, but what about in theory? While this line cannot be drawn exceptionlessly, a rough account of the kinds of reasonrelations required can be supplied: that they are internal (or criterial) reasons, rather than those indicating symptoms (PI §354; see SRV: 43–44), such that they provide good reasons for the ascriptions they support, but do so defeasibly.

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