University Lecturer in Contemporary Art History and Theory, University of Oxford.
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Non-Conceptual Content and Artistic Activity
Wednesday, 23 February 2011
16:00-18:00 at Senate House, room G35
Recent debates on nonconceptual mental content have been addressed by philosophers working in the field of aesthetics, but for the most part interest has centred on the putatively non-conceptual character of aesthetic judgment. In this paper I examine whether these debates might also be relevant to understanding the nature of artistic activity, that is to say, the production rather than the reception of art. I do so by considering arguments put forward by the neo-Kantian philosopher Konrad Fiedler, who develops a cognitive theory of art on the basis of the claim that sensibility is a ‘spontaneous’ rather than merely receptive faculty.