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The Limits of Art

On Borderline Cases of Artworks and their Aesthetic Properties

Authors: Benovsky, Jiri

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  • Scrutinizes the question of what counts as art (or not), and the nature of these definitions
  • Takes an original approach by studying extended cases of art in general 
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This open access book is about exploring interesting borderline cases of art. It discusses the cases of gustatory and olfactory artworks (focusing on food), proprioceptive artworks (dance, martial arts, and rock climbing qua proprioceptive experiences), intellectual artworks (philosophical and scientific theories), as well as the vague limits between painting and photography. 

The book focuses on the author’s research about what counts as art and what does not, as well as on the nature of these limits. Overall, the author defends a very inclusive view, 'extending' the limits of art, and he argues for its virtues. Some of the limits discussed concern our senses (our different perceptual modalities), some concern vagueness and fuzzy boundaries between different types of works of art, some concern the amount of human intention and intervention in the process of creation of an artwork, and some concern the border between art and science. In these various ways, by understanding better such borderline cases, Benovsky suggests that we get a better grip on an understanding of the nature of art.

About the authors

Having been struck by Descartes’ “evil demon” thought experiment, Jiri Benovsky began studying metaphysics to try to find proof that the world really exists. Though he didn’t find that proof, at least he found an academic way to live where he can not only go climbing and skiing in the mountains but also spend his days thinking about existence, reality, time, art, and the aesthetics of gourmet meals, rock climbing, or photography. He is the author of several books, including recently: “Eliminativism, objects, and persons. The virtues of non-existence” (Routledge, 2018), “Mind and matter. Panpsychism, dual-aspect monism, and the combination problem” (2018, Springer), and “Meta-metaphysics” (2016, Springer). More information on Benovsky’s work can be found online at www.jiribenovsky.org.

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  • ISBN 978-3-030-54794-3
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Limits of Art
Book Subtitle
On Borderline Cases of Artworks and their Aesthetic Properties
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Philosophy
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-54795-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-54795-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-54794-3
Series ISSN
2211-4548
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 56
Number of Illustrations
9 b/w illustrations
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