By James W. Manns
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Series. 48-1984. BM(c) 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 BM(p) 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 Page v To Syham For filling my life with beauty Page vii Table of Contents Series Preface ix Preface xi Acknowledgments xiii 1. The "Elusiveness" of Art: Questions of Definition and Delimitation 3 Art: A Word Like Any Other Word 7 Art: A Word Unlike Any Other (A World Unlike Any Other) 11 "Two Different Worlds" 13 Institutional Irregularities 15 Danto's Infirmities 18 Summary and Conclusion 23 2. Theories of Art: Representation 26 Representation Theory: Its Origins in Ancient Greek Thought 29 Pictorial Representation During the Renaissance and Beyond 38 Pictorial Representation, Recently 43 Truthful Representation in the Narrative Arts 47 3.
Surely no particular quality or complex of qualities that an artifact might possess could alone ensure that it deserved to be regarded as a work of art. All that the various qualities inhering in an object can accomplish is to capture the eye (or ear) and the imagination of a given segment of the public; and a work that fails to do so has thereby failed to gain entry into the artworld. It follows as a consequence of this approach, however, and a disquieting one, that the quest for inclusion into the artworld (the desire to be received as an artist) could lead one to do whatever it takes to gain the requisite attention: exposition would give way to exhibitionism.
The freedom of choice deemed necessary for the ascription of moral responsibility is one that, even on a weak interpretation, would put the individual moral agent in touch with reasonwould make one of the agent's alternatives the rational onewhile the strong interpretation has it that we are only free to the extent that we are rational. Since rational behavior is essentially rule-governed behavior, ethical theory therefore inclines toward connecting freedom with rule-governed behavior in either of these two ways: either we are free to obey rules dictated by reason (the former position above), or (by the latter) we are free only when we obey such rules.
Aesthetics by James W. Manns