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The electronic version of Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics is available at: www.ceeol.com

1/2016

LIII (New Series: IX)
Issued: 15th May 2016
Biannual
Founded: 1964
Re-established as an international journal: 2008
ISSN: 0014 –1291
Language: English

In Search of the Ontological Common Core of Artworks: Radical Embodiment and Non-universalization

http://aesthetics.ff.cuni.cz/archive/433/in-search-of-the-ontological-common-core-of-artworks-radical-embodiment-and-non-universalization

 

I propose that artworks represent a specific and homogeneous ontological kind, grounded in a common ontological core. I call this common core ‘non-universalizable embodied meaning’, and I argue that (a) this common core explains how artworks unfold their ontological identity at the physical, intentional, and social levels on the basis of an original and irreducible mode of material embodiment and cultural emergence; (b) this common core functions as the constitutive rule of art (conceived as a social kind) and institutes an axiological normativity, that is, normativity based on aesthetic value; (c) it has a central role both in the theoretical definition of art and in the identification, recognition, and fruition of the individual artworks; (d) it enables artistic creativity, historical transformations of art, and the current, multifaceted state of art.