Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary

The artistic design stance and the interpretation of Paleolithic art

Johan De Smedta1 and Helen De Cruza2

a1 Department of Philosophy and Ethics, Ghent University, 9000 Gent, Belgium. johan.desmedt@ugent.be http://ugent.academia.edu/JohanDeSmedt

a2 Institute of Philosophy, University of Leuven and Somerville College, University of Oxford, 3000 Leuven, Belgium. helen.decruz@hiw.kuleuven.be http://www.some.ox.ac.uk/206-4361/all/1/Dr_Helen__De_Cruz_.aspx

Abstract

The artistic design stance is an important part of art appreciation, but it remains unclear how it can be applied to artworks for which art historical context is no longer available, such as Ice Age art. We propose that some of the designer's intentions can be gathered noninferentially through direct experience with prehistoric artworks.

Related Articles

  • The artful mind meets art history: Toward a psycho-historical framework for the science of art appreciation
The artful mind meets art history: Toward a psycho-historical framework for the science of art appreciation Nicolas J. Bullot Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 36, 2, 123. DOI: 10.1017/S0140525X12000489
Metrics