This chapter puts forward a view of the metaphysics of art that delivers conditions for the identity or survival of a work of art across time. This metaphysics is a consequence of the Aesthetic Creation Theory put forward in Chapter 2 called ‘Aesthetic Functionalism’. It proposes an account of the cross-time identity of functional things quite generally, which also applies to works of art. This leads to a denial that the material composition of a work of art is essential to it. It then proposes a way of understanding the fact that particular works of art may have many non-aesthetic functions that are essential to them, as well as their essential aesthetic functions. Appropriation — artistic and non-artistic — is discussed.
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