London Aesthetics Forum

London Aesthetics Forum
11 Jan 2017, 16:00 to 11 Jan 2017, 18:00
Room 234, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU


Brian Ball (New College of the Humanities)

Artistic Priorities

In this paper, I articulate and defend two explanatory priority theses in the theory of art. The first is that of evaluative over descriptive notions of art: art, I claim, is what ought to be good art. The second is that of practice over works: works of art are best understood as the products of activities which are themselves artistic in character. Throughout the paper I pursue an extended analogy between art and assertion: and along the way I discuss essentialism and anti-essentialism; the institutional theory of art and its intentionalist rivals; and issues in the ontology of artworks.

The London Aestetics Forum is generously sponsored by the British Society of Aesthetics


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