Contemporary Art and the Problem of Indiscernibles: An Adverbialist Approach
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PublisherUniverzita Karlova, Filozofická fakulta
Helsinki University Press
Source documentEstetika: The European Journal of Aesthetics
Periodical publication year: 2023
Periodical Volume: 2023
Periodical Issue: 1
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Keywords (English)contemporary art, nonperceptual aesthetic experience, metacognitive feelings, adverbialism, Arthur Danto, James Shelley, Jérôme Dokic
This paper addresses Arthur Danto’s claim that contemporary artworks, such as Andy Warhol’s Brillo Box, do not differ perceptually from ordinary objects, and that in order to see contemporary artworks as art the viewer has to move from mere experience to a meaning expressed by the work. I propose to supplement Danto’s thesis. I argue that, while some contemporary artworks may indeed be perceptually indistinguishable from ordinary objects, these works are distinguishable not only by means of meaning but also by means of a non-perceptual aesthetic experience. I then discuss two theories that might provide a model of such an aesthetic experience. First, I focus on James Shelley’s theory of non-perceptual aesthetic experience conceived as a representation of non-perceptual aesthetic properties. Second, I discuss Jérôme Dokic’s adverbialist theory, which sees aesthetic experience as a combination of non-aesthetic attitudes. I argue that the adverbialist model is the most promising candidate for solving our problem. The model must be extended, however, if it is to account for pragmatic attitudes in response to artworks.
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