The Limits of Art
On Borderline Cases of Artworks and their Aesthetic Properties
CollectionSwiss National Science Foundation (SNF)
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.
KeywordsAnalytic Philosophy; Aesthetics; Fine Arts; Fine Art; Proprioceptive art; Gustatory art; Olfactory art; Visual art; Intellectual art; Sensory dependence; Art and Photography; Art and Philosophy; Types of art; Non-visual and non-auditory artworks; analyzing paintings and photographs; borderline cases of art; vague limits between painting and photography; Open Access; Analytical philosophy & Logical Positivism; Philosophy: aesthetics; Fine arts: art forms
Publication date and place2021
SeriesSpringerBriefs in Philosophy,
Analytical philosophy & Logical Positivism