Aesthetic Creation

Paperback | March 15, 2012

byNick Zangwill

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What is the purpose of a work of art? What drives us to make art? Why do we value art and consume it? Nick Zangwill argues that we cannot understand the nature of art without first having answers to these fundamental questions. On his view, which he dubs 'the Aesthetic Creation Theory', a workof art is something created for a particular aesthetic purpose. More specifically, the function of art is to have certain aesthetic properties in virtue of its non-aesthetic properties, and this function arises because of the artist's insight into the nature of these dependence relations and herintention to bring them about. In defending this view, Zangwill provides an account of aesthetic action and aesthetic creative thought and shows how the Aesthetic Creation Theory can accommodate two kinds of seeming counterexamples to aesthetic theories of art: narrative art and twentieth-century avant-garde art. AestheticCreation also contains a detailed exposition and critique of a range of rival views, including Dickie's institutional theory of art, accounts of art that make essential reference to an audience, and sociological theories which purport to explain the nature of art without recourse to the notion ofthe aesthetic.

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What is the purpose of a work of art? What drives us to make art? Why do we value art and consume it? Nick Zangwill argues that we cannot understand the nature of art without first having answers to these fundamental questions. On his view, which he dubs 'the Aesthetic Creation Theory', a workof art is something created for a particula...

Nick Zangwill is Professor of Philosophy at Durham University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:March 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroductionSummary of Chapters1. Groundrules in the Philosophy of Art2. The Aesthetic Creation of Art3. Are there Counterexamples to Aesthetic Theories of Art?4. Art Essence, Identity and Survival5. Aesthetic Functionalism6. Art and AudienceAppendix: On Dickie7. Against the Sociology of Art8. Places of publication and AcknowledgementsBibliographySubject IndexAuthor Index

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"a classic modern aesthetics" --Times Literary Supplement