Together with their edited anthology Philosophy and Conceptual Art, Peter Goldie and Elisabeth Schellekens’ Who’s Afraid of Conceptual Art? constitute a substantial proportion of the literature in the analytic philosophy of conceptual art. Who’s Afraid of Conceptual Art? offers a systematic ontology and epistemology of conceptual art, and a diagnosis of its strengths and weaknesses as an art form.

Since the book is aimed at ‘anyone who is interested in art and our responses to art’, and since much of conceptual art focuses on the definition of art, the authors efficiently recapitulate arguments from the last fifty years concerning the definition of art which, although familiar to philosophers of art, may be new to those outside the discipline. The authors discuss perceptual,...

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