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London Aesthetics Forum (Institute of Philosophy): Brian Ball

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 | 16.00 – 18.00
Senate House, Room 234

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.

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The London Aesthetics Forum (Institute of Philosophy) is generously supported by the British Society of Aesthetics