Art and Abstract Objects by Christy Mag UidhirArt and Abstract Objects by Christy Mag Uidhir

Art and Abstract Objects

EditorChristy Mag Uidhir

Hardcover | January 14, 2013

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Art and Abstract Objects presents a lively philosophical exchange between the philosophy of art and the core areas of philosophy. The standard way of thinking about non-repeatable (single-instance) artworks such as paintings, drawings, and non-cast sculpture is that they are concrete (i.e.,material, causally efficacious, located in space and time). Da Vinci's Mona Lisa is currently located in Paris. Richard Serra's Tilted Arc is 73 tonnes of solid steel. Johannes Vermeer's The Concert was stolen in 1990 and remains missing. Michaelangelo's David was attacked with a hammer in 1991. By contrast, the standard way of thinking about repeatable (multiple-instance) artworks such as novels, poems, plays, operas, films, symphonies is that they must be abstract (i.e., immaterial, causally inert, outside space-time): consider thecurrent location of Melville's Moby Dick, the weight of Yeats' "Sailing to Byzantium", or how one might go about stealing Puccini's La Boheme or vandalizing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 9. Although novels, poems, and symphonies may appear radically unlike stock abstract objects such as numbers, sets,and propositions, most philosophers of art think that for the basic intuitions, practices, and conventions surrounding such works to be preserved, repeatable artworks must be abstracta.This volume examines how philosophical enquiry into art might itself productively inform or be productively informed by enquiry into abstracta taking place within not just metaphysics but also the philosophy of mathematics, epistemology, philosophy of science, and philosophy of mind and language.While the contributors chiefly focus on the relationship between philosophy of art and contemporary metaphysics with respect to the overlap issue of abstracta, they provide a methodological blueprint from which scholars working both within and beyond philosophy of art can begin building responsible,mutually informative, and productive relationships between their respective fields.
Christy Mag Uidhir is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Houston. His main area of research is the philosophy of art. He has published articles in such journals as Philosophers' Imprint, Philosophical Studies, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, American Philosophical Quarterly, The British Journal of Aesthetics...
Title:Art and Abstract ObjectsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0 inPublished:January 14, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of ContributorsAcknowledgementsChristy Mag Uidhir: Introduction: Art, Metaphysics, and The Paradox of StandardsGeneral Ontological Issues1. Guy Rohrbaugh: Must Ontological Pragmatism Be Self-Defeating?2. Jerrold Levinson: Indication, Abstraction, and Individuation3. Marcus Rossberg: Destroying ArtworksInformative Comparisons4. Roy T. Cook: Art, Open-Endedness, and Indefinite Extensibility5. P.D. Magnus: Historical Individuals Like Anas platyrhynchos and 'Classical Gas'6. Shieva Kleinschmidt and Jacob Ross: Repeatable Artwork Sentences and GenericsArguments Against and Alternatives To7. Allan Hazlett: Against Repeatable Artworks8. Ross Cameron: How to be a Nominalist and a Fictional Realist9. Andrew Kania: Platonism vs. Nominalism in Contemporary Musical OntologyAbstracta Across the Arts10. Hud Hudson: Reflections on the Metaphysics of Sculpture11. Sherri Irvin: Installation Art and Performance: A Shared Ontology12. David Davies: What Type of 'Type' is a Film?13. Joseph Moore: Musical Works: A Mash-UpIndex