Preliminary Thoughts on the Dimensions of Art

  • Raymond Tallis


In Chapter 5 and 7 I spoke of Art and may have given the impression that I was talking about a unitary object. However, I am aware, that, at one level, it is true to say that ‘There is no such thing as art, there are only arts’. And to correct any impression that I would wish to deny that there are very deep differences between the arts — and because those differences are interesting in their own right — I want here to identify some of the most striking and to explore them a little. They do not undermine my fundamental claim that the common purpose of all arts is to help us to arrive, and perhaps, dwell in the Kingdom of Ends, to enable us truly to experience our experiences.


Material Presence Brush Stroke Unitary Object Symphony Orchestra Deep Difference 
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  1. 5.
    This is in part because many words do not have external referents — connectives and articles, for example; in part because many strings do not refer to arrangements of objects; and partly because it would not help the words to do their work if their physical ordering reflected some aspect of the reality that is referred to. See Raymond Tallis, Not Saussure (London: Macmillan, 1988, 1995), especially Chapter 4, ‘Reference Restored’.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. 7.
    On this see Section 4.2, ‘Fact Versus Form’ in Raymond Tallis, In Defence of Realism (London: Edward Arnold, 1988; Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1998).Google Scholar

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© Raymond Tallis 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Raymond Tallis
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.University of ManchesterUK
  2. 2.Salford Royal Hospitals TrustUK

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