Vol. 18 Núm. 2 (1998)

Partituras, lienzos, palabras: sobre la asimetría de las artes

Montserrat Bordes Solanas
Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, España

Publicado 1998-11-01


Sorne traditional aesthetic views assume that behind the variated appearance of the different arts lies a common unifying nature.
In this paper (which does not directly address the realism-scepticism debate) attention is directed mainly to what may be called "the asymmetries in the arts". I point out that substantive asymmetries would undermine the possibility of a non-disjuntive aesthetics and explore sorne relevant asymmetries which generate scepticism whether a general answer may be given to the ontological question "what is art?". Finally I consider the basic theories on the ontological status of a work of art and argue that
neither is able to account for the required multiple properties.