Philosophy and Conceptual Art

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Overview


The fourteen prominent analytic philosophers writing here engage with the cluster of philosophical questions raised by conceptual art. They address four broad questions: What kind of art is conceptual art? What follows from the fact that conceptual art does not aim to have aesthetic value? What knowledge or understanding can we gain from conceptual art? How ought we to appreciate conceptual art?

Conceptual art, broadly understood by the contributors as beginning with Marcel Duchamp's ready-mades and as continuing beyond the 1970s to include some of today's contemporary art, is grounded in the notion that the artist's 'idea' is central to art, and, contrary to tradition, that the material work is by no means essential to the art as such. To use the words of the conceptual artist Sol LeWitt, "In conceptual art the idea of the concept is the most important aspect of the work...and the execution is a perfunctory affair". Given this so-called "dematerialization" of the art object, the emphasis on cognitive value, and the frequent appeal to philosophy by many conceptual artists, there are many questions that are raised by conceptual art that should be of interest to analytic philosophers. Why, then, has so little work been done in this area? This volume is most probably the first collection of papers by analytic Anglo-American philosophers tackling these concerns head-on.

Contributors:
Margaret Boden, Diarmuid Costello, Gregory Currie, David Davies, Peter Goldie, Robert Hopkins, Matthew Kieran, Peter Lamarque, Dominic McIver Lopes, Derek Matravers, Elisabeth Schellekens, Kathleen Stock, Carolyn Wilde, and the "Art & Language" group.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199285556
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/20/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
I. Conceptual art as a kind of art
On perceiving conceptual art, Peter Lamarque
The dematerialization of the art object, Derek Matravers
The ontology of conceptual art, Gregory Currie
Speaking through silence: conceptual art and conversational implicature, Robert Hopkins
II. Conceptual art and aesthetic value
The aesthetic value of ideas, Elisabeth Schellekens
Kant After LeWitt: Towards an aesthetics of conceptual art, Diarmuid Costello
III. Conceptual art, knowledge and understanding
Mind and matter in the work of art: One and Three Chairs, Carolyn Wilde
Telling Pictures: the place of narrative in late modern 'visual art', David Davies
Conceptual art and knowledge, Peter Goldie
Sartre, Wittgenstein, and learning from imagination, Kathleen Stock
IV. Appreciating conceptual art
Artistic character, creativity, and the appreciation of conceptual art, Matthew Kieran
Creativity and conceptual art, Margaret Boden
Conceptual art is not what it seems, Dominic McIver Lopes
Emergency Conditionals, Art & Language

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