What is an antique?

Curtis, B.L. ORCID: 0000-0001-8433-9201 and Baines, D., 2016. What is an antique? Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 74 (1), pp. 75-86. ISSN 0021-8529

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Antiques are undoubtedly objects worthy of aesthetic appreciation, but do they have a distinctive aesthetic value in virtue of being antiques? In this article we give an account of what it is to be an antique that gives the thesis that they do have a distinctive aesthetic value a chance of being true and suggests what that distinctive value consists in. After introducing our topic in Section I, in Section II we develop and defend the Adjectival Thesis: the thesis that the concept of being an antique is an adjectival concept. This provides us with the means to formulate our definition, which we do in Section III. In Section IV we further explicate and defend our definition. In Section V we conclude by briefly saying where we think our definition could be improved, by making a few comments about the aesthetics of antiques and by stating an interesting consequence of our definition: that it is not analytic that antiques are old.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism
Creators: Curtis, B.L. and Baines, D.
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Date: 2016
Volume: 74
Number: 1
ISSN: 0021-8529
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 16 Jan 2017 14:02
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2018 03:00
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/29717

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