Collingwood and ‘Art Proper’: From Idealism to Consistency

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Title:Collingwood and ‘Art Proper’: From Idealism to Consistency
Creators:
Dönmez, Damla; donmezdamla at yahoo dot com; Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey
Journal or Publication Title:
Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics, 52, 2, pp. 152-164
Uncontrolled Keywords:Collingwood R., Wollheim R., art (definition of), imagination, expression

Abstract

Collingwood’s ‘art-proper’ definition has been controversial. Wollheim argues that his Theory of Imagination assumes that the nature of the artwork exists solely in the mind, committing him to the Ideal Theory. Consequently, when Collingwood states that the audience is essential for the artist and the artwork, he is being inconsistent. In contrast, Ridley claims that Collingwood’s Expression Theory saves him from Wollheim’s accusations; hence he is consistent and does not support the Ideal Theory. I demonstrate that Collingwood both adheres to the Ideal Theory (contrary to Ridley) and is consistent in his art theory (contrary to Wollheim). I show that imagination is the sufficient condition of art and expression is the process of art’s coming into existence. I argue that Collingwood is consistent in his theory because the audience and the externalization of the work are needed for an appreciation and understanding of the artwork as either good or bad, as either a work of a corrupt consciousness or not. Hence, an account of the role of externalization is a contribution to the epistemology, not the ontology, of art.

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Title:Collingwood and ‘Art Proper’: From Idealism to Consistency
Creators:
Dönmez, Damla; donmezdamla at yahoo dot com; Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey
Uncontrolled Keywords:Collingwood R., Wollheim R., art (definition of), imagination, expression
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:52
Number:2
Page Range:pp. 152-164
ISSN:0014-1291
Publisher:Institute of Art History Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
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ID Code:8477
Item Type:Article
Deposited On:30 Nov 2015 18:17
Last Modified:30 Nov 2015 17:17

Citation

Dönmez, Damla (2015) Collingwood and ‘Art Proper’: From Idealism to Consistency. Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics, 52 (2). pp. 152-164. ISSN 0014-1291

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