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Aesthetic Creation$
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Nick Zangwill

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199261871

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261871.001.0001

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Groundrules in the Philosophy of Art

Groundrules in the Philosophy of Art

(p.16) 1 Groundrules in the Philosophy of Art
Aesthetic Creation

Nick Zangwill (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter argues that theories of art should measure themselves primarily by whether they apply to things that we intuitively think are art, and not to things that we intuitively think are not art. A rational explanatory ambition is prior. It is more important to explain the fact that we desire and value making and experiencing art. What we want is a theoretically reconstructed concept of art that helps us understand certain phenomena — our dealings with the things that we call ‘art’. This chapter is a reference point for the positive and negative arguments within the book.

Keywords:   theories of art, intuition, making art, experiencing art

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