By Tiziana Andina
“Arthur Danto is a thinker with a procedure, whose a lot mentioned aesthetic conception can't be understood thoroughly with no greedy the way it is embedded in his research of motion, historiography and information. even supposing a few americans have written approximately his procedure, we've as but too little comprehension of the way it seems that from the vantage element of Europe. This monograph by means of a talented younger Italian pupil, with a purpose to switch that state of affairs. [It] provides a remarkably unique, hugely sympathetic point of view, one who would definitely impact debate in her local nation, within the usa, and in all places that Danto is now being read.”
—David provider, Champney kin Professor, Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Institute of paintings, USA
“Tiziana Andina’s Arthur Danto: thinker of father, written in a pleasant and enthusiastic kind that's really compatible to its topic, should still do a lot to brighten up debate in regards to the major topics of Danto’s philosophy of paintings. these issues are right here, and for the 1st time, either considered as an entire and positioned within the context of Danto’s broader philosophical commitments, whose metaphysical, epistemological, mental and linguistic underpinnings are made transparent in Andina’s lucid text.”
—Jerrold Levinson, unique collage Professor, college of Maryland, US
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Let us return to the utterance in the example (e): “I know that Manhattan is an island” (x knows that e). In a common case such as this it is not possible to verify the truth of e by simply examining our knowledge. We must “go out” into the world and verify that Manhattan is actually an island (Danto 1968, 21). It is clear that since x is not one of the conditions of truth of e, the examination of x will not be of any use to me in determining if e is true or false. From the moment that the observation of the world allows us to determine the truth of x, Danto may maintain the following thesis: we can determine if e is true only through an examination of the conditions of truth of e.
Therefore, when we say that “x believes that e” we are in fact attributing a sentential state to x. The utterance e, expressed by belief, serves to express the sentential state in which x finds itself, and it does so with the same fidelity of a painting or a citation. It is an “inscribed” state in the mind of the subject (Danto 1968, 94) and, per se, can be neither true nor false, just as a citation that is more or less faithful can be neither true nor false. “Sentential states may be regarded as theoretical postulations, inducing a natural explanation of conceptual features of the phenomenon of belief” (Danto 1968, 96).
As a matter of fact, the answer is “no”, in so far as, initially in the sixth meditation and then in The Passions of the Soul, Descartes indicates a solution which eliminates the separation of substances. Twentieth century theories, on the other hand, have tended to move towards a complete reversal of the Cartesian distinction to the advantage of res extensa. Danto here has targeted the behaviorist and functionalist positions that interpret the propositional attitudes relating them to behavior.
Arthur Danto: Philosopher of Pop by Tiziana Andina