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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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Stepping Out: Playback and Inversion

Stepping Out: Playback and Inversion

(p.25) 2 Stepping Out: Playback and Inversion
Artworld Metaphysics

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The imagery of stepping out of a discourse and surveying it (without distortion) from an external perspective is familiar but problematic. It is not clear where we stand in conducting such surveys, or which resources we are permitted to deploy without falling prey to circularity, or even whether we have succeeded in stepping outside the discourse in question. Such ”externalist” perspective requires distancing oneself from one's own practices. This chapter critically explores the scope and limits of externalist explanation, and the extent to which the imagery of a studio musician listening to playback of his own performance provides a viable model of philosophical reflection.

Keywords:   Dickie, externalist explanation, inversionism, institutional theory of art, Katz, Kripke, Nagel, normativity, philosophical reflection, Quine

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