Art and Art-Attempts

2014.02.08 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Christy Mag Uidhir, Art and Art-Attempts, Oxford University Press, 2013, 222pp., $75.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199665778.
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2014.02.08 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Christy Mag Uidhir, Art and Art-Attempts, Oxford University Press, 2013, 222pp., $75.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199665778. Reviewed by Sherri Irvin, University of Oklahoma In this book, Christy Mag Uidhir derives a number of interesting implications for theories of art from one simple and widely agreed-upon claim: that artworks are the product of human intentions. Mag Uidhir does not himself advance a theory of art; instead, he aims to offer a test that any theory of art must pass if it is to be minimally viable. A central thread of Mag Uidhir's argument is that for art to be the product of human intentions, in a meaningful sense, is for it to be the product of certain kinds of attempts that could, in principle, fail. An entity does not become art by fiat, or by being thought into arthood: the artist must successfully make the right sort... Read More

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