Art and Life-Issues: Meeting Counter-Cases

  • Graham McFee
Part of the Philosophical Studies Series book series (PSSP, volume 115)


Thus far, exploring the implications of adherence to the artistic/aesthetic contrast stresses the distinctive value of artworks. The connection between artistic meaning and value is easily seen from the artist’s viewpoint. For why would artists offer to their public, the audience for that category of art, works lacking all distinctiveness? After all, this audience is (to some degree) knowledgeable about art (ex hypothesi: they are the audience for art!). Too, our typical artist will not offer (to such a public) works that simply repeat the familiar, or offer nothing new, or … . If some artists do offer such works, this may be deliberate, part of the artistic gesture.


Conceptual Change Moral Dimension Literary Work Aesthetic Dimension Moral Failure 
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