by Daniel A. Kaufman ___ As these prolegomena begin to wind down, I want to step back and speak a bit more generally about the conception of philosophy – and of inquiry more generally — from which they spring. Sellars, of course, in the opening paragraphs of “Philosophy and the Scientific Image of Man,” gave his own account of what […]
by Daniel A. Kaufman The novel coronavirus has caused my university to shift to all-online instruction. Consequently, I have been posting video lectures (in lieu of in-class lectures) on my YouTube Channel, in dedicated playlists. For those who are interested, here are the links to these playlists, to which content will be added regularly through the end of the semester […]
by Daniel A. Kaufman My discussion with Crispin Sartwell of Dickinson College, on Representation in Politics and Art.
by Daniel A. Kaufman Every Fall, I teach an upper-division course on Aesthetics, which includes topics belonging to the philosophy of art, proper – like whether ‘art’ can be defined – as well as topics that are a part of what one might call the philosophy of art criticism – such as whether our evaluative judgments about works of art […]
By Daniel A. Kaufman http://www.econlib.org/library/LFBooks/Hume/hmMPL23.html One of the central topics in Aesthetics is the justification of our evaluative judgments of works of art. Questions regarding the warrant for our valuations are always challenging, because of the quite common intuition that values and valuation are inherently subjective. The trouble lies in the fact that there is an equally common intuition that […]
By Daniel A. Kaufman The late and greatest of the post-Second World War aestheticians, Arthur Danto, believed that artworks are constituted by their interpretations; that what makes this artwork this one and not that one is that this one means one thing and that one means something else. (Danto: 1986) The art-critical project, on this view, is crucial to the […]