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Artworld Metaphysics$
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Robert Kraut

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199228126

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199228126.001.0001

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Introduction: Artworld Data and Aesthetic Theory

Introduction: Artworld Data and Aesthetic Theory

(p.1) 1 Introduction: Artworld Data and Aesthetic Theory
Artworld Metaphysics

Robert Kraut (Contributor Webpage)

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Aesthetic theory occupies a curiously ”marginalized” position on the philosophical map. This chapter identifies two contributing factors: a tendency to collapse the distinction between artworld practice and theoretical reflections upon it, and a tendency to ignore relevant artworld data. It is suggested that the relation between artworld practice and aesthetic theory parallels that between physics and the philosophy of physics, or between a natural language and a semantic theory that seeks to describe it.

Keywords:   art‐as‐language, Bell, Danto, natural language, practice vs. theory, semantic theory

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