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Why We Need a Theory of Art
Why We Need a Theory of Art

Author(s): Annelies Monseré
Subject(s): Aesthetics
Published by: Ústav dějin umění Akademie věd České republiky
Keywords: theory of art;art (definition of);art (concept of);aesthetics;Lopes D.

Summary/Abstract: In this article, I argue against Dominic McIver Lopes’s claim that nobody needs a theory of art. On the one hand, I will demonstrate that Lopes’s alternative to theories of art – namely, the buck-passing theory of art– is neither more viable nor more fruitful: it is likewise incapable of resolving disagreement over the status of certain artefacts and of being fruitful for the broader field of the arts. On the other hand, I will defend the view that we are in need of a viable theory of art. The concept of art has a profound impact on our cultural practices. Concepts of art in use now showcase biased and arbitrary features. Correspondingly, certain artefacts and practices are excluded from the domain of art without adequate justification. Therefore, I will argue, it is unwarranted to abandon the search for a viable theory of art.

  • Issue Year: LIII/2016
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 165-183
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: English