Work and Object

Peter Lamarque

in Work and Object

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780199577460
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722998 | DOI:
Work and Object

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This is a pivotal chapter in delineating the distinction between work and object. It considers what kinds of things musical, literary, pictorial, and sculptural works are, how they relate to physical objects or abstract types, and what their identity and survival conditions are. Works are shown to be cultural objects with essential intentional and relational properties. These essential properties are connected to conditions of production and conditions of reception, of both a generic and work-specific kind. A doomsday scenario seeks to show that works cannot survive without the possibility of human response. It is argued that work identity is value-laden, whereby essential to the survival of a work is the quality of the experience the work affords. However, the overall stance is realist, defending the view that works are real, perceivable, and objectively characterisable.

Keywords: types; identity conditions; survival conditions; intentional properties; relational properties; production; reception; doomsday scenario; realist

Chapter.  9221 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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