Philosophy of the Arts


This is where I develop my philosophical arguments — about art, the mind, culture, perception. No need to be bored.

Computer games and the artistic attitude

Computer games allow their audiences to interfere in the world that they “represent”. This is sometimes said to ask for a qualification of the account of art in terms of the artistic attitude that it, art, requires of its ever audience, which account is proffered by myself in different places. In my view, the artistic…

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Cognitive Dissonance

… is the experience of having cognitions that conflict amongst each other. Some stalemate of agency might result from this, and, above all, an effort to produce new thoughts that may take away the inner tensions.One has to live on though, and to diminish the internal turmoil resulting from the dissonance one may adopt further…

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Desires celebrate their own state. They do not require satisfaction in any near future—at best one, in a future accepted to be unattainable. Basically, that is why it is so much fun to live on desires.

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Methods of the Humanities

1. Experimentation Though a core method for the natural sciences, most experimentation is prohibited for social sciences, for moral reasons (we are not allowed to manipulate people). This prohibition seems not to go against experimentation in the Humanities, since, here, the subject matter is the “products of human agency” (and not human agency directly, as…

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Real and Represented

The knock-down on putting the distinction between 1 and 2, instead of between 2 and 3 (as Radford would want it), with regard to 1. a real situation before you, 2. a documentary representation of a real situation, and 3. a fictional representation situation, seems to me to be the following consideration. First, there are…

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Historical documentary footage

A natural sense of melancholia overcomes one easily when watching historical documentary footage. The people one watches are all but dead and gone. Their lives, however miserable or joyful, held some kind of inner coherence, much like one’s own live does—which too will become a thing of the past in the not so far future….

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Scruton and Privacy Law

The difference between photography and representation is brought by zooming in on another peculiarity of the vistas through windows and in mirrors. Photos, mirrors, and windows all prove that what is seen in or through them is real, really existant. And they prove this either by the polymodality of their perception (mirrors and windows), or…

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Timeless or outdated? Some arguments.

1. What kind of property is ‘timeless’ (or its counterpart “outdated”)? It is not a normal, objective property, like ‘loud’, or ‘in D minor’. These latter properties have clear rules of application. Instead “timeless” is a value; ‘is outdated’ is its negative counterpart, also a value. 2. How should we understand this value? Either nominally,…

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Art should never have been turned into an autonomous cultural practice.

We are so much Hegelians with regard to art. I can bring this out by arguing that our interest in art is little more than a category mistake. Sure, people sometimes make interesting, or beautiful pictures. So what? Why put them in a museum? We could rightly ask this rhetorical question with regard to old…

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