Work and Object: Explorations in the Metaphysics of Art

Paperback | June 29, 2012

byPeter Lamarque

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Work and Object is a study of fundamental questions in the metaphysics of art, notably how works relate to the materials that constitute them. Issues about the creation of works, what is essential and inessential to their identity, their distinct kinds of properties, including aestheticproperties, their amenability to interpretation, their style, the conditions under which they can go out of existence, and their relation to perceptually indistinguishable doubles (e.g. forgeries and parodies), are raised and debated. A core theme is that works like paintings, music, literature, sculpture, architecture, films, photographs, multi-media installations, and many more besides, have fundamental features in common, as cultural artefacts, in spite of enormous surface differences. It is their nature as distinct kinds ofthings, grounded in distinct ontological categories, that is the subject of this enquiry. Although much of the discussion is abstract, based in analytical metaphysics, there are numerous specific applications, including a study of Jean-Paul Sartre's novel La Nausee and recent conceptual art. Somesurprising conclusions are derived, about the identity conditions of works and about the difference, often, between what a work seems to be and what it really is.

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Work and Object is a study of fundamental questions in the metaphysics of art, notably how works relate to the materials that constitute them. Issues about the creation of works, what is essential and inessential to their identity, their distinct kinds of properties, including aestheticproperties, their amenability to interpretation, t...

Peter Lamarque is Professor of Philosophy at the University of York. He joined the Department of Philosophy in 2000. Prior to that, he was Ferens Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hull and Head of the Philosophy Department between 1995 and 2000. He was a lecturer and then senior lecturer at the University of Stirling betwee...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:June 29, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199655499

ISBN - 13:9780199655496

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Preface1. Introduction2. On Bringing a Work into Existence3. Work and Object4. Distinctness and Indiscernibility in the Allographic Arts5. Aesthetic Essentialism6. Aesthetic Empiricism7. Imitating Style8. Objects of Interpretation9. How to Create a Fictional Character10. Art, Ontology and the End of Nausea11. On Perceiving Conceptual Art