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London Aesthetics Forum: The Dual Character of Art Concepts

Wednesday 19 November 2014, 4-6pm Senate House, G34

Shen-yi Liao Nanyang, Leeds: The Dual Character of Art Concepts

There is a dormant debate about the concept of art. Some have claimed that calling a work “art” involves making a positively-valenced aesthetic evaluation of it; some have claimed that the concept of art is essentially descriptive. We aim to revitalize this debate by showing that it is founded on a false assumption. The concept of art is normative in a distinct sense — it is what Knobe, Prasada, and Newman call a “dual character concept”. Calling a work “art” indeed involves making an evaluation, but not about whether a work is good or not.

The talk will be free and open to all. For more information please visit the website www.londonaestheticsforum.org

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