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Acting for aesthetic reasons

Acting for aesthetic reasons
Acting for aesthetic reasons
It seems natural to think that there are aesthetic reasons for action and that an artist must be guided by such reasons as he or she begins work on the canvas or poem or symphony or marble. This latter supposition seems at odds, however, not only with classical inspiration theory but also with the views of one of the last century's most important philosophers of art, R. G. Collingwood. We propose an account of acting for an aesthetic reason inspired by G. E. M. Anscombe's Intention, specifically by her concept of 'practical knowledge', which we believe can accommodate Collingwood's reservations about the sort of knowledge of their ends, and of the means to those ends, which artists have as they engage in their creative activity.
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Alvarez, Maria
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Ridley, Aaron
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Alvarez, Maria
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Ridley, Aaron
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Alvarez, Maria and Ridley, Aaron (2017) Acting for aesthetic reasons. Estetika, LIV/X (1), 65-84.

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It seems natural to think that there are aesthetic reasons for action and that an artist must be guided by such reasons as he or she begins work on the canvas or poem or symphony or marble. This latter supposition seems at odds, however, not only with classical inspiration theory but also with the views of one of the last century's most important philosophers of art, R. G. Collingwood. We propose an account of acting for an aesthetic reason inspired by G. E. M. Anscombe's Intention, specifically by her concept of 'practical knowledge', which we believe can accommodate Collingwood's reservations about the sort of knowledge of their ends, and of the means to those ends, which artists have as they engage in their creative activity.

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Published date: March 2017

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Local EPrints ID: 428096
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/428096
PURE UUID: 2046b6f5-a121-4b03-8022-fd56e2cd29ef

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Date deposited: 08 Feb 2019 17:30
Last modified: 14 Aug 2019 17:13

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