Philosophy Department Colloquium Series Russell Pryba Department of Philosophy Northern Arizona University Presents: Perceiving Meanings: The Cultural Embodiment of Aesthetic Value Thursday, December 5th Liberal Arts Building, Room 114 3:45 – 5:00 pm Abstract: Arthur Danto has famously claimed that since art and non-art can be perceptually indiscernible, art cannot be defined solely in terms of perceptible properties. Rather, to identify something as art requires the background of artistic theory. In short, art theory makes art possible. Against this view, in this paper I develop an ontology of cultural artifacts that, while agreeing with Danto that artworks are embodied meanings, argues that these meanings can be directly perceived. For more information, please contact the Philosophy Department at 523-2648.