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The Critical Imagination$
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James Grant

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199661794

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661794.001.0001

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Criticism and Appreciation

Criticism and Appreciation

(p.29) 2 Criticism and Appreciation
The Critical Imagination

James Grant

Oxford University Press

This chapter identifies two aims of criticism. First, it identifies a constitutive aim. All criticism of the arts, it argues, has this aim, and having this aim is part of what makes a remark or piece of writing an instance of art criticism. It also identifies a non-constitutive aim of criticism. Both aims are related to appreciation. The chapter therefore begins by providing an account of what it is to appreciate art. The account of the aims of criticism that emerges from this discussion enables us to explain why critics do what the rival views canvassed in Chapter 1 (and the objections to them raised there) point out that they do. The chapter concludes by providing an account of the endowments that make someone good at criticism, and compares this account with Hume’s discussion of the characteristics of true judges of art.

Keywords:   appreciation, art criticism, literary criticism, aims of criticism, aesthetic response, aesthetic experience, characteristics of good critics, hume, taste

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