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Art and EmbodimentFrom Aesthetics to Self-Consciousness$
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Paul Crowther

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199244973

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199244973.001.0001

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(p.205) Conclusion
Art and Embodiment

Paul Crowther

Oxford University Press

This concluding chapter summarizes the discussions in the preceding chapters. It argues the ecological definition of art squares with some common-sense notions about art, namely that it involves making things which involve an address to the senses, and which are expressive in a special way. Attempts to define art in terms of mimesis, or formal qualities, or as expression, are all one-sided attempts to articulate this notion. The ecological definition is able to encompass and focus what is of worth in these strategies, without being burdened by their shortcomings. Oddly enough, it also finds a place for the one insight of any worth in the Institutional-type definitions, namely that historical mediation plays a necessary role in defining art.

Keywords:   art, self-consciousness, ecological definition of art, historical mediation

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