P.D. Magnus (research)

Art concept pluralism undermines the definitional project

Co-authored with Christy Mag Uidhir, this is a sort of sequel to our earlier paper. See also this related item.

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This discussion note addresses Caleb Hazelwood’s ‘Practice-Centered Pluralism and a Disjunctive Theory of Art.’ Hazelwood advances a disjunctive definition of art on the basis of an analogy with species concept pluralism in the philosophy of biology. We recognize the analogy between species and art, we applaud attention to practice, and we are bullish on pluralism— but it is a mistake to take these as the basis for a disjunctive definition.


	AUTHOR = {P.D. Magnus and Christy {Mag U}idhir},
	TITLE = {Art concept pluralism undermines the definitional project},
	JOURNAL = {British Journal of Aesthetics},
	YEAR = {2022},
	VOLUME = {62},
	NUMBER  {1},
	MONTH = jan,
	PAGES = {81--84},
	DOI = {https://doi.org/10.1093/aesthj/ayab040}

The first on-line draft of this paper was posted 29apr2021.