Some Attempts to Define “Art”


1.    Art = The Beautiful


Art iff Beautiful


If Art then Beautiful

If Beautiful then Art


2.    Art = The Aesthetic (what prompts aesthetic response)

(Art = “Purposiveness without a purpose”, free play of imagination)


Art iff Aesthetic

If Art then Aesthetic

If Aesthetic then Art


3.    What is the aesthetic, anyway?

Stolnitz: Disinterested contemplative pleasure

·       Not practical or utilitarian

·       Does not have to do with subject matter

Eaton: What is intrinsically interesting in a work

·       Can be an aspect of something that is practical

·       Can involve subject matter