On Functional and Procedural Art Definitions

Österman, Bernt
September 1998
Journal of Aesthetic Education;Fall98, Vol. 32 Issue 3, p67
Academic Journal
The article demonstrates the distinction between functionalism and proceduralism in art definitions. Using the terminology by S. Davies, functional definition of art includes the fulfillment of the essential function of art as a necessary condition, whereas a procedural definition of art states that works of art are items on which the status of art has been conferred. The author suggested that a functional definition of art should be constructed with having the essential function of art as a necessary condition.


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