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Question posted on July 17, 2014; 1 response
Can you name an attribute such that all the paintings which have this attribute are good paintings?...
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Question posted on July 17, 2014; no responses
A friend of mine thinks that we can define art as 'a statement of creativity'. I'm not sure I agree with him but am struggling with working out what a 'statement' is. Has any philosopher written about this question? Is...
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Question posted on January 31, 2014; 1 response
It's possible to define what art is?...
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Question posted on November 28, 2013; 1 response
Must a given novel, piece of music, etc. give pleasure to the reader/listener before it can reasonably be considered to be a work of art? It seems to me that this really must be so; otherwise, why would anyone even...
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Question posted on August 15, 2013; 1 response
This might be a weird question, but I'm wondering if there is some kind of philosophy of fashion. Has anyone ever commented on what the goal of fashion is, what it means to express a style, or our relationship...
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Question posted on July 3, 2013; 1 response
Is artistic merit necessary for a work of art to be considered art and how can it be assessed? Is a thirty minute pornographic clip of two people having sex merely bad art or is not art at all? If...
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Question posted on November 25, 2012; 1 response
Dear sir/madam I'm a phd student of philosophy of art in Iran. as it's a new field of study here, we, all the students, are not completely familiar with recent topics and new approaches in this field at the latest decade....
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Question posted on November 17, 2012; 1 response
I'm curious what moral distinctions (if any) exist between, for example, the Venus de Milo or the Birth of Venus and "soft" pornography like Playboy?...
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Question posted on July 26, 2012; 1 response
I recently read a text by Michael Fried, "Art and Objecthood," in which he rather vehemently opposes "theatricality," suggesting that it is the antithesis of modernist art (or the "art of our time"). He never really seems to explain...
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Question posted on July 26, 2012; 1 response
Is there an essence of Art that all art shares, or is art just a category into which we lump a contingent collection of cultural pursuits?...
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Question posted on April 19, 2012; 1 response
One of the formulation of Kant's Categorical Imperative is that we should never treat humanity as a mere means to an end. I wonder, then, whether this means that horror film directors are behaving unethically. After all, in a horror...
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Question posted on April 12, 2012; 1 response
This semester I started attending a seminar on (I'm translating from German hear) "The Meaning of Art". The professor began with a long-winded speech about how most people, hearing the title, would no doubt assume the topic is the...
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Question posted on March 9, 2012; 1 response
What role does a museum play in determining the status of an art object? That is, if a painting, installation, etc. is shown in a museum, surrounded by other art, selected by a curatorial authority for exhibit (like a peer...
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Question posted on February 16, 2012; 2 responses
Are certain artistic mediums more adept at expressing human experience than others?...
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Question posted on January 18, 2012; 1 response
Is there any discussion about how art is highly individualistic with respect not to its content but the fact that most works of art, at least traditional art like painting, sculpture, etc., are created by single individuals, rather than groups?...
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Question posted on November 12, 2011; 1 response
Hello Philosophers. My question regards to the philosophy of art. Were there any other philosophers that outlined essential criteria relating to beauty or other ways of critiquing an artwork like Kant had the 4 criteria for beauty. Thanks Callum, 16....
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Question posted on November 12, 2011; 1 response
why is it that an exact replica of art is valued less than the original even though the aesthetic aspects are still the same?...
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Question posted on November 3, 2011; 1 response
I am very interested in the idea of aesthetics as a spiritual phenomenom. Spirituality for me is not something limited to one religion. I recently bought the Routledge companion to Aesthetics and I also have a collection of academic essays...
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Question posted on October 11, 2011; 1 response
Often, it seems experts and critics are at odds with the general public as to what works of art are good; many well-received films have performed poorly at the box office despite marketing, for example, while many blockbusters have been...
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Question posted on September 29, 2011; 1 response
If someone is interacting with an interactive art installation, what is their role? Are they part audience, part artist? Are they still just an audience, or do terms like audience and artist cease to make sense in such...
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