Towards a Mixed Definition of Art. The Ontology of ‘First Art’ and the Historical Definitions of Art.

01 October 2010 → 30 September 2015
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund, Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Theory and methodology of philosophy
    • Philosophy
    • Ethics
    • Other philosophy, ethics and religious studies not elsewhere classified
philosophical aesthetics art theory philosophy of art
Project description

In this investigation, I criticize the circularity of historical definitions of art through the problem of ‘first art’ and I develop a new mixed definition of art that takes into account historical as well as aesthetic features of art. Therefore, I will show that Kants theory of art bridges aesthetic and historical approaches and can direct us to a more refined definition of art.