Nelson Goodman was a recent (died in 1998) American philosopher who was active in the art community (owned a gallery for a while, was a notable patron). Though he was initially known for his neo-pragmatist (he co-wrote a book with Quine) works in epistemology, later in life he turned towards the philosophy of art, which he saw as a branch of epistemology, in that artworks, like scientific and philosophical theories, employ conceptual schemes and symbol systems and require interpretation to be understood.
We’ll be discussing his book Ways of Worldmaking (1978), a collection of essays about the point of intersection between conceptions of artistic method and general theories of knowledge and language. What’s the relationship between style and content? What makes a good rendering? How can one painting quote another? How does painting communicate apparent motion? I’m not sure at this point which chapters our discussion will focus on, but it’s all interesting.
You can check out the table of contents and read the entire book online here.