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Art, Mind, and NarrativeThemes from the Work of Peter Goldie$
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Julian Dodd

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198769736

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198769736.001.0001

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The Ontology of Conceptual Art

The Ontology of Conceptual Art

Against the Idea Idea

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(p.241) 15 The Ontology of Conceptual Art
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Art, Mind, and Narrative
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Julian Dodd

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198769736.003.0016

In their book, Who’s Afraid of Conceptual Art?, Peter Goldie and Elisabeth Schellekens elaborate and defend what they call ‘the idea idea’: a view most succinctly formulated as the thesis that conceptual artworks are ideas. In this chapter the idea idea is criticized and, in the end, rejected. The ontological proposal that it represents is argued to be under-motivated, subject to convincing criticism and, in its assumption that all conceptual artworks fall into the same ontological category, methodologically suspect. We should disentangle the many insightful things that Goldie and Schellekens say about our appreciation of conceptual art from the thesis they present as a corollary of these insights.

Keywords:   Keywords ontology, conceptual art, idea idea, ideas, artform, genre

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