Method and Metaphysics in the Philosophy of Art

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Title:Method and Metaphysics in the Philosophy of Art
Creators:
Gardner, Sebastian; sebastian dot gardner at ucl dot ac dot uk; University College London, London, United Kingdom
Journal or Publication Title:
Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics, 51, 2, pp. 230-254
Uncontrolled Keywords:metaphysics, art (philosophy of), aesthetics, analytic aesthetics, Kant I., neurosciences

Abstract

This article is concerned with the question of the proper place of substantial general metaphysics in aesthetics and the philosophy of art. For reasons articulated in writings from the 1950s, analytic aesthetics denies that there is any relation of dependence and regards the intrusion of metaphysics into reflection on art as not merely superfluous but also methodologically inappropriate. Against this I argue (1) that analytic aesthetics in its circumscription of the bounds of the discipline is not metaphysically neutral, (2) that it is vulnerable to the challenge of scientific naturalism, and (3) that a case for the necessity of metaphysics in aesthetics and the philosophy of art can be made on the grounds of the constitutive opacity of art and the aesthetic from the standpoint of ordinary consciousness. The analytic reception of Kant’s aesthetic theory, I argue, supports this conclusion.

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Title:Method and Metaphysics in the Philosophy of Art
Creators:
Gardner, Sebastian; sebastian dot gardner at ucl dot ac dot uk; University College London, London, United Kingdom
Uncontrolled Keywords:metaphysics, art (philosophy of), aesthetics, analytic aesthetics, Kant I., neurosciences
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:51
Number:2
Page Range:pp. 230-254
ISSN:0014-1291
Publisher:Institute of Art History Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
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ID Code:8306
Item Type:Article
Deposited On:18 Nov 2014 11:54
Last Modified:18 Nov 2014 10:54

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Gardner, Sebastian (2014) Method and Metaphysics in the Philosophy of Art. Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics, 51 (2). pp. 230-254. ISSN 0014-1291

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