Philosophy and Conceptual Art by Peter GoldiePhilosophy and Conceptual Art by Peter Goldie

Philosophy and Conceptual Art

EditorPeter Goldie, Elisabeth Schellekens

Paperback | July 1, 2009

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The analytic philosophers writing here engage with the cluster of philosophical questions raised by conceptual art. They address four broad questions: What kind of art is conceptual art? What follows from the fact that conceptual art does not aim to have aesthetic value? What knowledge orunderstanding can we gain from conceptual art? How ought we to appreciate conceptual art? Conceptual art, broadly understood by the contributors as beginning with Marcel Duchamp's ready-mades and as continuing beyond the 1970s to include some of today's contemporary art, is grounded in the notion that the artist's 'idea' is central to art, and, contrary to tradition, that the materialwork is by no means essential to the art as such. To use the words of the conceptual artist Sol LeWitt, 'In conceptual art the idea of the concept is the most important aspect of the work . . . and the execution is a perfunctory affair'. Given this so-called 'dematerialization' of the art object,the emphasis on cognitive value, and the frequent appeal to philosophy by many conceptual artists, there are many questions that are raised by conceptual art that should be of interest to analytic philosophers. Why, then, has so little work been done in this area? This volume is most probably thefirst collection of papers by analytic philosophers tackling these concerns head-on.
Professor Peter Goldie is Samuel Hall Chair and Head of Philosophy at Manchester University. Elisabeth Schellekens is Senior Lecturer of Philosophy at the University of Durham.
Title:Philosophy and Conceptual ArtFormat:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.03 inPublished:July 1, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199568251

ISBN - 13:9780199568253


Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I. Conceptual art as a kind of art1. Peter Lamarque: On perceiving conceptual art2. Derek Matravers: The dematerialization of the art object3. Gregory Currie: The ontology of conceptual art4. Robert Hopkins: Speaking through silence: conceptual art and conversational implicaturePart II. Conceptual art and aesthetic value5. Elisabeth Schellekens: The aesthetic value of ideas6. Diarmuid Costello: Kant After LeWitt: Towards an aesthetics of conceptual artPart III. Conceptual art, knowledge and understanding7. Carolyn Wilde: Mind and matter in the work of art: One and Three Chairs8. David Davies: Telling Pictures: the place of narrative in late modern 'visual art'9. Peter Goldie: Conceptual art and knowledge10. Kathleen Stock: Sartre, Wittgenstein, and learning from imaginationPart IV. Appreciating conceptual art11. Matthew Kieran: Artistic character, creativity, and the appreciation of conceptual art12. Margaret Boden: Creativity and conceptual art13. Dominic McIver Lopes: Conceptual art is not what it seems14. Art and Language: Emergency Conditionals