Incommensurable aims in the philosophy of art

Annelies Monseré

Abstract


This article argues that philosophers of art wrongly aim for their definitions of art to be both descriptively and normatively adequate, for the method that is used to achieve both aims, namely the method of reflective equilibrium, is not applicable to the project of defining art. Therefore, in order to facilitate genuine debate regarding definitions of art, philosophers must abandon the method of reflective equilibrium and choose which approach to engage in: the descriptive or the normative approach.

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