Philosophy and Conceptual Art

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The 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 philosophers tackling these concerns head-on.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199568253
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 8/17/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Goldie is Samuel Hall Chair and Head of Philosophy at Manchester University

Elisabeth Schellekens is Senior Lecturer of Philosophy at the University of Durham

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations     vii
Introduction   Peter Goldie   Elisabeth Schellekens     ix
Conceptual Art as a Kind of Art     1
On Perceiving Conceptual Art   Peter Lamarque     3
The Dematerialization of the Object   Derek Matravers     18
Visual Conceptual Art   Gregory Currie     33
Speaking Through Silence: Conceptual Art and Conversational Implicature   Robert Hopkins     51
Conceptual Art and Aesthetic Value     69
The Aesthetic Value of Ideas   Elisabeth Schellekens     71
Kant After LeWitt: Towards an Aesthetics of Conceptual Art   Diarmuid Costello     92
Conceptual Art, Knowledge and Understanding     117
Matter and Meaning in the Work of Art: Joseph Kosuth's One and Three Chairs   Carolyn Wilde     119
Telling Pictures: The Place of Narrative in Late Modern 'Visual Art'   David Davies     138
Conceptual Art and Knowledge   Peter Goldie     157
Sartre, Wittgenstein, and Learning from Imagination   Kathleen Stock     171
Appreciating Conceptual Art     195
Artistic Character, Creativity, and the Appraisal of Conceptual Art   Matthew Kieran     197
Creativity and Conceptual Art   Margaret A. Boden     216
Conceptual Art Is Not What It Seems   Dominic McIver Lopes     238
Emergency Conditionals$dArt & Language     257
Index     267
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