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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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Are There Counterexamples to Aesthetic Theories of Art?

Are There Counterexamples to Aesthetic Theories of Art?

(p.59) 3 Are There Counterexamples to Aesthetic Theories of Art?
Aesthetic Creation

Nick Zangwill (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter argues that the objection that Aesthetic Theories of Art, such as the Aesthetic Creation Theory, fall short when it comes to the Twentieth Century avant garde. It argues that Arthur Danto misinterpreted and over-reacted to the phenomena of ready-mades. It supplies various ways in which various avant garde phenomena can be tamed by Aesthetic Theories. It then addresses the assumptions underlying the objection that aesthetic theories of art are subject to counterexamples. The chapter ruminates on what to think about narrative arts that lack an aesthetic function. This leads to methodological reflections on the concepts of ‘art’ that we should take to demarcate the target for explanation in the philosophy of ‘art’.

Keywords:   Aesthetic Creation Theory, avant garde, Arthur Danto, ready-mades, concept of art, philosophy of art

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