Wittgenstein and Aesthetics: Perspectives and Debates (Aporia)

Wittgenstein and Aesthetics: Perspectives and Debates (Aporia)

Language: English

Pages: 216

ISBN: 3110330202

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Wittgenstein has written a great number of remarks relevant to aesthetical issues: he has questioned the relation between aesthetics and psychology as well as the status of our norms of judgment; he has drawn philosophers' attention to such topics as aspect-seeing and aspect-dawning, and has brought insights into the nature of our aesthetic reactions. The examination of this wide range of topics is far from being completed, and the purpose of this book is to contribute to such completion. It gathers both papers discussing some of Wittgenstein's most provocative and intriguing statements on aesthetics, and papers bringing out their implications for art critic and art history, as well as their significance to epistemology and to the study of human mind.
















“expression,” for example, refer neither to abstract objects nor to meaning rules, nor serve to indicate real properties or relations, but serve instead a different-order task, then both the traditional and the naturalist programs are threatened. Julia Tanney advances the revival of the argument for the cartographical approach and suggests very briefly how it might be applied to an investigation of aesthetic concepts. III. Musical Understanding Alessandro Arbo, in “Typology and Functions of

of sharp perception within our visual space the majority of impressions is undetermined and blurred. If we speak of the Euclidean space we could say that it consists of a number of visual spaces but without any vagueness. Euclidean space lacks any vagueness or blurredness. Consequently the terminology used in the Euclidean space includes expressions that describe these phenomena. An aesthetic theory which does not contain an appropriate terminology to describe vagueness or blurredness cannot deal

it even possible to assess a single work of art making use of what could be reasonably called “a Tractarian viewpoint”? Would the stern literary style of the Tractatus be a good example of this kind of use? Were the house he designed and the sculpture he commissioned both made according to these “principles”? I will argue that you can’t give a qualified affirmative answer to these questions unless you first give them a resolute negative one. Let us reflect for a moment about the only passage in

as asked, commanded, advised or any other sort of saying. In this, which is the normal sense of “meaning,” the meaning of a subexpression like a word or phrase, is a functional factor of a range of possible assertions, questions, commands and the rest. It is a tributary to sayings. It is a distinguishable common locus of a range of possible tellings, askings, advising, etc.9 In including tellings, askings, advisings (as well, we might add, as explainings, predictings, inferrings, provings, and

objects and facts can figure as issues of an isomorphic description that mirrors their behaviours so as to predict their doings. The answer is apparently negative and it urges us to pose a further question: would such a prediction be empirical or logical? At stake, indeed, are the correspondence between a fact placed in a set of facts and the understanding of it, and the criterion by which this correspondence 4 Wittgenstein (1937), p. 410-411. Aesthetics as Methodology in Ludwig Wittgenstein’s

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