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Artworld Metaphysics

Robert Kraut


The artworld is a complicated place. It contains acts of artistic creation, interpretation, evaluation, preservation, misunderstanding, and condemnation. The goal of this book is to turn a critical reflective eye upon various aspects of the artworld, and to articulate some of the problems, principles, and norms implicit in the actual practices of artistic creation, interpretation, evaluation, and commodification. Aesthetic theory is treated as a descriptive, rather than normative, enterprise: one that relates to artworld realities as a semantic theory relates to the fragments of natural langua ... More

Keywords: aesthetics, art‐as‐language, emotion, expression, externalist explanation, interpretation, jazz, objectivity, ontology, pluralism, practice vs. theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199228126
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199228126.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Kraut, author
The Ohio State University
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