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Things: In Touch with the Past

Carolyn Korsmeyer


Things: In Touch with the Past explores the value of artifacts that have survived from the past and that can be said to “embody” their histories. Such genuine or “real” things afford a particular kind of aesthetic experience—an encounter with the past—despite the fact that genuineness is not a perceptually detectable property. Although it often goes unnoticed, the sense of touch underlies such encounters, even though one is often not permitted literal touch.

Keywords: artifacts, relics, genuineness, authenticity, touch, aesthetic value, historical value, ethical value, restoration, replication

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190904876
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190904876.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carolyn Korsmeyer, author
Research Professor of Philosophy, University at Buffalo

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