“Something the eye cannot decry” Pondering on Art: East and West -


Oct 2019

“Something the eye cannot decry” Pondering on Art: East and West

School of Philosophy, Wuhan University, Wuchang, Wuhan, Hubei

October 8, 2019

In the framework of the WHU-UNITO Research Partnership For Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art, on October 8th it will be held the first WHU-Labont Joint Workshop on Ontology of Art.

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Traditionally, the disciplines engaged in the visual arts are interested in studying all those properties which are visible, meaning perceivable by the sense organs. In the Twentieth century, the American philosopher Arthur C. Danto has been one of the first underlings the importance of those properties the “eye cannot descry” to understand art.
In a multicultural fashion, the workshop aims at discussing what does it mean for the eastern and western contemporary philosophy of art to reflect on those invisible properties which transfigure material objects in works of art.

Tiziana Andina (Full Professor, University of Turin)
Xiao Ouyang (Associate Professorial Research Fellow, Wuhan University)



9:30-10:00 Welcome

Morning Session
Peng Feng (Peking University), Discerning the Indiscernibles: the External Discernment, the Internal Discernment, and the Middle Discernment
Tiziana Andina (University of Turin), What is Art? The Question of Definition Reloaded

12:00-14:00 – Lunch Break

Afternoon Session

Maurizio Ferraris (University of Turin) From Fountain to Moleskine
Liu Gen (Wuhan University), Ancient Chinese Concept of Art from the Perspective of Ontology of Art

15:50-16:10 Coffee/Tea Break

Erica Onnis (University of Turin), Emergence and Aesthetic Properties
Xiao Ouyang (Wuhan University), Rethinking Artistic Beauty: A Cross-cultural Investigation