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Whatever is taken to constitute the general fabric of the artworld, it will always have fringes, edges, and we can hardly look to the artworld itself to determine the status of these fringes: any decision of any sort coming from within the artworld will either trim off the fringe or stitch it into the main fabric. Is a concept such as art wholly at the mercy of the lordsperhaps even the self-proclaimed lordsof this particular fiefdom? In short, if the artworld establishes the realm of art, what establishes the realm of the artworld?

While the author, James W. Manns, has emphasized "classic" sources, he has attempted to provide sympathetic interpretations of views he discusses to ensure that his critiques and recommendations are directed at serious rather than imaginary targets. The result is a lucid and fascinating exploration of both art and aesthetics that should appeal to beginners and experts alike. JAMES H. FETZER Page xi Preface This book aims to provide the reader with a sense of the abiding issues in aesthetics. It embodies a deep respect for traditiontradition in the arts and in the theories of art that have been formulated across the centuries.

Is the only condition that is preventing us from recognizing their stunt as an artistic performance the fact that a larger artworld public does not recognize it to be one? What, it must be asked, disposes the artworld itself against chairfalling? And if the artworld should subsequently mellow and welcome chairfalling within its confines, would the reason for this be irrelevant? Or would the fact that a certain agent saw a way possibly to make a buck or two constitute a reason as good as any other?

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