M: Meaning Constructivism

Robert Stecker

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Companion to Aesthetics
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781405169226
StatePublished - Aug 5 2009


  • Can mass art really be art?
  • Margolis, Joseph, American philosopher - philosophy of mind, metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of language
  • Marxism and art - Marxism has proved very fertile in areas of aesthetic and literary criticism
  • Mass art is designed and produced for large audiences - usually by automated, industrial procedures, such as printing
  • Merleau-Ponty, Maurice - for his analyses of human existence, perception, and action in Phenomenology of Perception
  • Moderate constructivist idea that interpretations alter their objects by what they say about them
  • Verbal composition which, on the basis of novel semantic relations among its components, evokes a complex and productive set of mental responses
  • mass art is art that is mass produced - typically by an automated technology for mass consumption
  • meaning constructivism - convenient label for a collection of views about objects and nature of interpretation
  • morality and art - relation between art and morality of recurrent interest to Western philosophy and literary criticism since Plato


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