Aesthetics and the Meaning of Artworks


When the conceptualist emphasis on meaning encouraged the divorce between art and the aesthetic over contemporary artistic practice and theory, recent broad conceptions of aesthetic experience and value are trying to reinvigorate the identification between them. This article reviews some of these accounts in order to defend that while aesthetic value would include any meaning brought to or gained from an artwork, artworks’ significance goes beyond aesthetic experience and so, the artistic and the aesthetic should not be identified.

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aesthetic experience, aesthetic value, artistic meaning, artistic value

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