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At the start, I must warn those readers who attempt to tackle this paper. Unlike most of my other posts, which are more reflections, this is a paper I wrote for my Theory of Knowledge class this past Spring Semester and expounded upon for further completeness. That means this paper is a bit heavier on technical philosophy terminology. So if after reading there are any questions either contact me directly, or even better post in the comments so I can answer questions that others might have also. I hope to in the next month or so post an introduction to Aristotelian philosophy terminology, however, that doesn’t quite help those who are reading now.
In this paper I will look at the subjective aspect of truth in art. Some contemporary notions of art holds that art’s meaning is completely subjective. That is to say, the meaning of art is in the beholder not the artistic piece itself. The truth of what the art is depicting for one person is as equally valid as another, even if they are contradictory. When I say subjective though, I do not mean subject as meant in contemporary art, the one viewing art. Instead, I will look at the subject as the one who creates the art, and how he imparts truth into art. First, we will look at just what do I mean by art. Art will be defined as any skilled, creative work.1 So art includes more activities besides what we normal consider art.2 For example more practical things like carpentry and cooking. Continue reading “The Subjective Truth of Art”