By Dominic McIver Lopes
Dominic McIver Lopes articulates and defends a 'buck passing idea of art', particularly murals is not anything yet a piece in a single of the humanities. He provides the specificity of every paintings shape a valuable position in our appreciative endeavours, and but he stresses the continuity of the humanities with related, non-art actions reminiscent of model layout, activities and video games, delicacies, nature appreciation, and non-literary writing.
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Likewise, section 48 seems to evoke an imitation theory of art in confronting works that represent ugly or displeasing material. Kant suggests that ‘the furies, diseases, devastations of war, and the like can, as harmful things, be very beautifully described, indeed even represented in painting’ (Kant 2000, 190). But he then adds that what arouses a response of loathing cannot be represented beautifully in art. The point of these remarks is not to weigh a challenge to an imitation theory of art, but to weigh a limitation on artistic beauty.
A closer look at the history disables this objection. A century ago, Bell identified the ‘central problem of aesthetics’ with the search for ‘the quality that distinguishes works of art from all other classes of objects’ (1914, 3). A recent writer observes that ‘underlying every traditional aesthetic theory is the essentialist presumption that the expression “work of art” applies to the entities that it does in virtue of some shared essential property or properties’ (Matthews 1979, 39). ’ cannot be projected very far back.
It would not follow from that claim that the concept in question is open and has no necessary and sufficient application conditions. The claim is rather that the application conditions of an open concept are ‘emendable and corrigible’ in the sense that it calls for a ‘decision on our part’ whether or not any given real or imagined case falls under the concept. indd 38 12/14/2013 1:22:39 PM After the Beginning of Art 39 With an open concept we have three choices. Or we may decide that x falls under a new concept distinct from F and we close F by stipulating necessary and sufficient conditions for its application.