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Introduction: Art, Metaphysics, and the Paradox of Standards

Christy Mag Uidhir

in Art and Abstract Objects

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199691494
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191746277 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691494.003.0001
Introduction: Art, Metaphysics, and the Paradox of Standards

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The introduction claims there is a tension between philosophical aesthetics and contemporary metaphysics with respect to the broad account of abstract objects as standardly employed. The issue of art-abstracta appears to give rise to what the author calls a paradox of standards: an art-ontological assumption (there are such things as art-abstracta), a metaphysical assumption (abstracta are non-spatiotemporal and causally inert), and an art-theoretical assumption (artworks must be created), though each standard if not foundational within its respective domain of enquiry, when taken together nevertheless form an inconsistent set. The author argues that the standardly available methods of resolving the paradox appear to be incommensurate with any minimally responsible art-realism. He then suggests an alternative account of how best to view the relationship between philosophical aesthetics and contemporary metaphysics to resolve the paradox of standards and discusses what consequences this relationship may have for the ontology of art.

Keywords: ontology; art; metaphysics; aesthetics; abstract objects; creation

Chapter.  10151 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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