What Is An Antique?

Benjamin L. Curtis, Darrin Baines

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    Abstract

    Antiques are undoubtedly objects worthy of aesthetic appreciation, but do they have a distinctive aesthetic value in virtue of being antiques? In this paper we give an account of what it is to be an antique that gives the thesis that they do have a distinctive aesthetic value a chance of being true, and suggests what that distinctive value consists in. After introducing our topic in section I, in section II we develop and defend the Adjectival Thesis: the thesis that the concept of being an antique is an adjectival concept. This provides us with the means to formulate our definition, which we do in section III. In section IV we further explicate and defend our definition. In section V we conclude by briefly saying where we think our definition could be improved, by making a few comments about the aesthetics of antiques, and by stating an interesting consequence of our definition: that it is not analytic that antiques are old. Publisher Statement: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Curtis, BL & Baines, D 2016, 'What Is An Antique?' The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, vol 74, no. 1, pp. 75-86, which has been published in final form at https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jaac.12237. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)75-86
    Number of pages12
    JournalThe Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism
    Volume74
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 11 Feb 2016

    Bibliographical note

    This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Curtis, BL & Baines, D 2016, 'What Is An Antique?' The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, vol 74, no. 1, pp. 75-86, which has been published in final form at https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jaac.12237. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

    Keywords

    • antiques
    • aesthetic value

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