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Art, magic, and agency
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
2014 (English)In: The International Journal of Arts Theory and History, ISSN 2326-9952, Vol. 9, no 1, 1-10 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this essay, I intend to argue that the concept of magic can be extended to cover an agent’s use of works of art to influence her perceptions of herself and of reality. More specifically, I intend to argue that works of art can be used to create, confirm, or affirm normative identities, that is, conceptions of ourselves as standing in a special relationship to certain norms and values. My argument will include contributions to the discussion of magic as well as agency in art made by Robin Collingwood, Ernst Gombrich, and Alfred Gell. I will conclude by providing some examples of how perceptually magic uses of art can function to form normative identities. I will also say something about how to morally evaluate such uses of art.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Champaign: Common Ground Publishing, 2014. Vol. 9, no 1, 1-10 p.
Keyword [en]
Agency, Art, Identity, Magic, Morality
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Humanities
Research subject
Social Sciences, Practical Philosophy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-35161OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-35161DiVA: diva2:725191
Available from: 2014-06-15 Created: 2014-06-15 Last updated: 2015-01-16Bibliographically approved

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