Essays on Art, Aesthetics, and Culture
The artists have been too much occupied in the practice; the philosophers have done little; and what they have done, was mostly with a view to their own schemes and systems.
— Edmund Burke (1757)
The essays in the present volume span over a period of more than twenty years. Most of the essays originate from conferences and symposia I have attended in various venues. Although my approach to the problems of aesthetics and the philosophy of art — I do not think they are the same — has remained virtually identical over the years I have learnt much by participating in conferences organized by the British Society of Aesthetics, the Slovenian Society of Aesthetics, the German Society of Aesthetics, the Austrian Wittgenstein Society, the International Association for Aesthetics as well conferences organized by the Nordic Society of Aesthetics. If nothing else, the conferences I have attended have made me aware of the extreme heterogeneity of approaches to the arts and to culture that go under the name of “aesthetics”.
The essays in the first part, “Art and Aesthetics”, deal primarily with questions concerning the nature and function of aesthetics as a discipline, or, should I say, its lack of discipline. The first essay, “The Nature and Limits of Analytic Aesthetics” (I.1), was occasioned by the publication of the collection of essays, Analytic Aesthetics (1989), edited by Richard Shusterman, and Karlheinz Lüdeking’s Analytische Philosophie der Kunst (1988). In this essay I discuss some of...
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