Relational theories of art: the history of an error
Neill, Alex and Ridley, Aaron (2012) Relational theories of art: the history of an error. The British Journal of Aesthetics, 52, (2), 141-151. (doi:10.1093/aesthj/ays004).
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Relational theories of art—paradigmatically, the ‘Institutional’ theory—arose from dissatisfaction with the Wittgenstein-inspired ‘family resemblance’ account of art, and were taken not merely to be preferable in various ways to that account, but actually to falsify it. We argue that this latter thought is rooted in a fundamental misunderstanding of the falsification-conditions of a family resemblance account; and we suggest that, once the reasons for this are appreciated, any apparent motivation to engage in relational theorizing about art evaporates.
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
|Divisions:||Faculty of Humanities > Philosophy
|Date Deposited:||19 Mar 2012 15:55|
|Last Modified:||26 Apr 2013 05:32|
|Contributors:||Neill, Alex (Author)
Ridley, Aaron (Author)
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