Defending ‘the Artist’s Theory’: Wollheim’s Lost Idea Regained?

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Title:Defending ‘the Artist’s Theory’: Wollheim’s Lost Idea Regained?
Creators:
McFee, Graham; mcfee-usa at earthlink dot net; California State University Fullerton, Fullerton, United States
Journal or Publication Title:
Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics, 47, 1, pp. 3-27
Uncontrolled Keywords:Wollheim R., Goodman N., Wiggins D., autographic, allographic, intention, artist’s intention, intentionalism, history of production

Abstract

The paper considers an argument of Richard Wollheim’s, originally presented in a 1976 symposium with Goodman and Wiggins, which disappeared when the symposium contribution was ‘reprinted’ in the supplementary essays to the expanded edition of Art and Its Objects (Wollheim, 1980). It lays out the argument’s original context, locating its objectives by means of a comparison with Goodman’s autographic/allographic distinction, with its attendant discussion of the ‘history of production’, and presents Wollheim’s defence of ‘the artist’s theory’. This defence coheres in interesting ways with Wollheim’s aesthetics emphasis on the importance of the artist’s intention (suitably understood) as part of a specification of what the work itself is. This conception reinforces the importance Wollheim grants both to the fulfilled intentions of the artist and to a suitably positioned, suitably informed, and suitably sensitive spectator. Both should be modelled as operating under the aegis of the artist’s theory, a notion this ‘missing’ argument serves to emphasize.

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Title:Defending ‘the Artist’s Theory’: Wollheim’s Lost Idea Regained?
Creators:
McFee, Graham; mcfee-usa at earthlink dot net; California State University Fullerton, Fullerton, United States
Uncontrolled Keywords:Wollheim R., Goodman N., Wiggins D., autographic, allographic, intention, artist’s intention, intentionalism, history of production
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
Divisions:Humanities and Social Sciences > 8. Section of Historical Sciences > Institute of Art History > Estetika (Aesthetics)
Journal or Publication Title:Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics
Volume:47
Number:1
Page Range:pp. 3-27
ISSN:0014-1291
Publisher:Institute of Art History Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
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ID Code:5862
Item Type:Article
Deposited On:26 May 2010 17:10
Last Modified:26 May 2010 15:10

Citation

McFee, Graham (2010) Defending ‘the Artist’s Theory’: Wollheim’s Lost Idea Regained? Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics, 47 (1). pp. 3-27. ISSN 0014-1291

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