Categories of Literature: Symposium: “Categories of Art” at 50

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Kendall Walton's “Categories of Art” (CA) is one of the most important and influential papers in twentieth‐century aesthetics. It is almost universally taken to refute traditional aesthetic formalism or empiricism, according to which all that matters aesthetically is what is manifest to perception. CA thus played a key role in ushering in the ascendancy of contextualism in the philosophy of art, generating widespread agreement with Walton's conclusion “that (some) facts about the origins of works of art have an essential role in criticism” (CA, 337).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-74
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism
Issue number1
Early online date4 Feb 2020
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2020


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