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ESSAY CONCEPT ART As published in An Anthology 1963 Errors are corrected and punctuation is normalized Concept art is first of all an art of which the material is concepts as the material of for ex music is sound Since concepts are closely bound up with language concept art is a kind of art of which the material is language That is unlike for ex a work of music in which the music proper as opposed to notation analysis asf is just sound concept art proper will involve language From the philosophy of language we learn that a concept may as well be thought of as the intension of a name this is the relation between concepts and language The notion of a concept is a vestige of the notion of a Platonic form the thing which for ex all tables have in common tableness which notion is replaced by the notion of a name objectively metaphysically related to its intension so that all tables now have in common their objective relation to table Now the claim that there can be an objective relation between a name and its intension is wrong and the word concept as commonly used now can be discredited see my book Philosophy Proper If however it is enough for one that there be a subjective relation between a name and its intension namely the unhesitant decision as to the way one wants to use the name the unhesitant decisions to affirm the names of some things but not others then concept is valid language and concept art has a philosophically valid basis Now what is artistic aesthetic about a work which is a body of concepts This question can best be answered by telling where concept art came from I developed it in an attempt to straighten out certain traditional activities generally regarded as aesthetic The first of these is structure art music visual art asf in
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