Talk Meskin (Lecture series)

Talk Meskin (Lecture series)

09.05.2017 12:15 – 13:15

Dual Character Art Concepts

There is an ongoing and apparently irresolvable debate about the concept of art. Some have claimed that the concept is essentially evaluative; more specifically, that the concept is linked to positive evaluation. Some have claimed that the concept is essentially descriptive. Others say that the concept of art has two distinct senses — one evaluative and one descriptive. Moreover, it is often held that settling this issue is key to answering the central question in philosophical aesthetics: what is art? We aim to dissolve this debate by showing that it stems from an overly limited menu of options. On the basis of a series of experimental studies, we argue that the concept of art is neither an ordinary evaluative concept nor an ordinary descriptive concept. Instead, the concept of art has a distinctive normative element — it is what Knobe, Prasada, and Newman (2013) call a “dual character concept”. The same is true of some, but not all, subconcepts of art.


Bâtiment: Campus Biotech

H8.01 144.165

Organisé par

Centre interfacultaire en sciences affectives (CISA)


Aaron Meskin, University of Leeds

entrée libre


Catégorie: Séminaire

Mots clés: CISA

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