Discussing Nelson Goodman’s Ways of Worldmaking (1978).
What’s the relationship between art and science? Does understanding works of art constitute “knowledge,” and if so, how does this relate to other kinds of knowledge? Goodman describes art as a symbol system (including art like instrumental music that doesn’t seem representative), which can symbolize successfully or not. While there is no one set of concepts by which to judge all art (different types of art and other descriptive endeavors establish incommensurable “worlds”), neither is art an anything goes endeavor where the individual spectator is the only determinant of quality.
Running Time: 2 hrs., 10 min. Recorded: October 17, 2010. Participants: Mark, Wes, Seth, and professional artist Jay Bailey
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