By Christy Mag Uidhir
Few philosophers agree approximately what it truly is for anything to be paintings yet so much or all agree that artwork has to be by some means intention-dependent. magazine Uidhir exhibits that this requirement has radical implications for the character of artwork and of paintings kinds, for the ontology of artwork, and for concerns approximately authorship.
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25 That is, on Stecker’s theory, an artifact that is non-intentionally È is art but a natural object that is non-intentionally È is non-art—natural objects can’t be artworks because natural objects can’t be artifacts. , things for which being È is substantively intention-dependent. So, while Stecker’s theory of art purports to capture substantive intention-dependence, upon inspection it does nothing more than relegate intentions to the decidedly non-substantive and borderline ad hoc task of warding off natural objects that are also È.
22 Imagine that I attempt a realistic portrait of my aunt Teresa. I am such an inept painter that the result fails to resemble her in the slightest—it, and not my aunt Teresa, looks like an irregularly shaped blob—and as such fails to be a portrait of my aunt Teresa. However, the irregularly shaped blob possesses rather striking aesthetic properties, though only as an accidental (and unbeknownst to me) result of actions intended to be in service to the portraiture. Assume for the sake of argument both that attempts at portraiture are art-attempts and that artworks must possess striking aesthetic properties as the result of a successful art-attempt.
7 Weitz-inspired accounts typically claim that art is a prototype concept. For broad support of art as a prototype concept, see Dean 2003; for arguments against, see Adajian 2005. For support of prototype concepts in cognitive science, see Rosch 1973, and Ramsey 1998, and for arguments against, see Fodor 1998, Fodor and Lepore 2002. 8 The truth of Gaut’s cluster account appears consistent with (Meskin 2007) if not an endorsement of (Davies 2004) the broadly deﬁnitional project in art. 9 I think only that at this point, focusing on such theories would quickly result in a comparatively uninformative and complex account.
Art and art attempts by Christy Mag Uidhir