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By Dave Davies

ISBN-10: 1405116668

ISBN-13: 9781405116664

During this richly argued and provocative booklet, David Davies elaborates and defends a vast conceptual framework for considering the humanities that finds very important continuities and discontinuities among conventional and sleek paintings, and among diverse creative disciplines.

  • Elaborates and defends a vast conceptual framework for wondering the arts.
  • Offers a provocative view concerning the different types of issues that works of art are and the way they're to be understood.
  • Reveals vital continuities and discontinuities among conventional and glossy art.
  • Highlights middle subject matters in aesthetics and artwork concept, together with conventional theories concerning the nature of artwork, aesthetic appreciation, inventive intentions, functionality, and inventive meaning.

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Two of these examples relate to the expressive or affective properties ascribed to musical works. Which such properties a listener ascribes to a musical passage is partly a function of the musico-historical context in which she locates the piece which contains it. A passage that we find exciting in the eighteenthcentury symphonies of Stamitz, for example, would be amusing or absurd if located in the work of a twentieth-century composer. A musical structure relocated in musico-historical space might sound bizarre or anguished, although it lacks such properties when placed in its actual musico-historical location.

In appreciating an artwork, we appreciate something that exists through a generative act on the part of one or more individuals. Even in the case of “environmental art” or exhibited pieces of driftwood, where the object that confronts us in a gallery has not been designed or shaped by human agency, there is an artwork to appreciate only in virtue of such an act. A central question in the epistemology of art is the relationship between the generative act that brings a work into existence and the receptive act that is a proper appreciation of that work.

I also suggested that there is a strongly empiricist flavor to this view of appreciation, a flavor which will be more or less pronounced depending upon the kinds of resources we have to bring to our encounter with an instance of a work in order to properly appreciate that work. In this chapter, I shall critically examine more refined versions of the commonsense epistemology. In so doing, my ulterior interest is in the possibility of developing an “epistemological argument” of the sort sketched at the end of the previous chapter against common-sense ontology of art.

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