S-Space College of Humanities (인문대학) Institute of Humanities (인문학연구원) Journal of humanities (인문논총) Journal of Humanities vol.33 (1995) (인문논총)
미적 도구주의의 관점에서 본 예술비평의 인식적 성격
The Cognitive Nature of Art Criticism Viewed from Aesthetic Instrumentalism
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- 서울대학교 인문대학 인문학연구소
- 인문논총, Vol.33, pp. 93-116
- Why do we think that art in general and works of art are valuable? Because it provides or causes our experiences which are pleasing or delightful. If this is the case, then the value of works of art is instrumental. For they are means to a certain end, which is causing a certain kind of experience. Usually we call such experience aesthetic experience. Then, why is aesthetic experience valuable? There are two ways of explaining the value of aesthetic experience. The one is aesthetic autonomy which asserts that aesthetic experience has intrinsic value and the other is aesthetic instrumentalism which holds that aesthetic experience has instrumental, i.e. extrinsic value. These two positions are usually considered to be incompatible with each other. In this article I scrutinize the plausibility of that assumption and try to find a way of defending the position of aesthetic instrumentalism.