Art As Language: Wittgenstein, Meaning, and Aesthetic Theory by G.L. Hagberg

By G.L. Hagberg

"[Art as Language] is in itself super precious as an instance of the nonetheless mostly unappreciated relevance of Wittgenstein's paintings to standard philosophical concerns. . . . This ebook, as a kind of encyclopedic critique of aesthetic theories from a Wittgensteinian viewpoint, might be enlightening to aesthetic theorists who need to know, no longer what Wittgenstein acknowledged approximately paintings, yet what the relevance of his paintings is to their use of language as some extent of reference for reading art."―Choice"In a sequence of acute arguments, Hagberg dismantles the zone of grand aesthetic concept that defines artwork within the phrases philosophy has characteristically used to outline language. . . . Written with excellence in argumentation, judiciousness, and a capacious wisdom of Wittgenstein."―Daniel Herwitz, universal Knowledge"A transparent and clever publication. Hagberg's method is to teach the results of retaining a Wittgensteinian view of language and brain for classy theories that are both in line with, or analogous to, different non-Wittgensteinian positions approximately language and brain. this can be a tremendous project."―Stanley Bates, Middlebury university

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Has the planted roof become the environmentalist equivalent of the Chia Pet? Rising interest in green brings more ingenuity from designers, and many recent examples have shown that sustainability can be attractive. But in much of this work, decisions about shape and appearance are driven by a different standard—namely, the designer’s personal preferences—than are decisions about technique. Some examples ignore aesthetics, and some apply it superficially. Neither is enough. Sustainability should have style but not become a style.

With one simple change in shape, the Corn Flakes box cuts material, saves room, and displays more merchandise, which could boost sales. Buildings can learn from cereal boxes. Many insist that a structure’s size is the single most important factor in its consumption, and in recent years there has been a veritable onslaught of tiny eco-homes, such as the 300-squarefoot Wee House, the architectural equivalent of the Nano and a striking antidote to the bloated McMansions populating suburban America.

Consider the evolution of the computer from the size of a building to the size of a room to a desktop, laptop, and handheld. The Consumer Electronics Association’s 2008 report on sustainability emphasizes miniaturization: “As cell phones, computers, cameras, and nearly every other product become smaller and lighter for easier portability, so too do their environmental footprints shrink. ” Yes and no. Many things are fabricated from materials with standardized sizes and shapes, such as two-by-fours, four-by-eight plywood, and I-beams in buildings, and if a design doesn’t conform to these manufactured dimensions, the bits and pieces left over can get discarded.

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