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Work and Object: Explorations in the Metaphysics of Art

Peter Lamarque


This book explores certain fundamental metaphysical aspects of works of art, giving focus to a distinction between works and the materials that underlie or constitute them. This constitutive material might be physical or abstract. For each work there is an ‘object’ (i.e., the materials of its composition) associated with it and a central claim in the book is that the work is never simply identical with the ‘object’ that constitutes it. Issues about the creation of works, their distinct kinds of properties (including aesthetic properties), their amenability to interpretation, their style, the c ... More

Keywords: art, metaphysics, creation, aesthetic properties, interpretation, style, forgeries, parodies, Sartre, conceptual art

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199577460
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577460.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Lamarque, author
University of York
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