Simon Fokt

Simon Fokt
The University of Edinburgh | UoE · School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

PhD

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Introduction
Simon Fokt currently works at the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, The University of Edinburgh. Simon does research in Aesthetics, Ethics and Social and Political Philosophy. Their current project is 'Diversity Reading List'.
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August 2015 - August 2017
The University of Edinburgh
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  • Learning Technologist
September 2009 - May 2014
University of St Andrews
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  • Research Assistant

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Publications (17)
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The indexing systems used to systematise our knowledge about a domain tend to have an evaluative character: they represent some things as more important, general, complex, or central than others. They are also imperfect and can misrepresent something as more or less important, etc., than it really is. Such distortions mostly result from mistakes ma...
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Most modern definitions of art fail to successfully address the issue of the ever-changing nature of art, and rarely even attempt to provide an account that would be valid in more than just the modern Western context. This article develops a new theory that preserves the advantages of its predecessors, solves or avoids their problems, and has a sco...
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In a recent article in this journal, Alex Neill and Aaron Ridley argue that relational theories of art (most notably the institutional theory) are rooted in a misunderstanding of what it would take to falsify the family resemblance theories they are meant to supplant, and are incapable of meeting all the requirements a successful theory of art must...
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Abstrakt This paper deals with the issue of definition of art and artwork in the sense of functionalist approach. It critically argues with the existing terms and meanings of artwork in that sense and presents them as insufficient and inadequate when speaking of modern art. Furthermore functionalism assumes that a great deal of artworks has a spec...
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The cluster account, one of the best attempts at art classification, is guilty of ahistoricism. While cluster theorists may be happy to limit themselves to accounting for what art is now rather than how the term was understood in the past, they cannot ignore the fact that people seem to apply different clusters when judging art from different times...
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Richard Wollheim threatened George Dickie's institutional definition of art with a dilemma which entailed that the theory is either redundant or incomprehensible and useless. This article modifies the definition to avoid such criticism. First, it shows that the definition's concept of the artworld is not vague when understood as a conventional syst...
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Moderate formalism is the view that all artworks which have aesthetic properties have formal aesthetic properties, and some but not all of those works also have non-formal aesthetic properties. Nick Zangwill develops this view in his Metaphysics of Beauty after having argued against its alternatives - extreme formalism and anti-formalism. This arti...
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On the whole, neither those who hold that pornography can never be art nor their opponents specify what they actually mean by ‘art’, even though it seems natural that their conclusions should vary depending on how the concept is understood. This paper offers a ‘definitional crossword’ and confronts some definitions of pornography with the currently...
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With thanks to Prof. Berys Gaut Contextualism underlies a large part of the modern discussion of art interpretation. It is often accepted by both interpretational monists, who claim that there is always one correct interpretation of any given artwork, and pluralists, who argue that there can be many justified interpretations. It is also often accep...

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The List collects high quality texts in philosophy, written by authors from under-represented groups. Its aim is to promote the work of such authors and facilitate finding and using their texts in teaching. The List exists largely thanks to the involvement and recommendations of all those who care about making philosophy a discipline of equal opportunity. If you would like to get involved, please get in touch. http://www.diversityreadinglist.org/