Shark Tank: A Concentrated Study

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Concentrated study of aesthetics is a luxury that inspires gratitude and carries with it the singular regret of not being able to solely focus on it. As philosophers expose their opinions, one’s own philosophy of art surfaces alongside them. First, creativity need not be distinguished from fine art as this detracts from the goal of fine art to contribute to humanity. Second, mechanical and technological systems and patterns lie outside the realm of fine art as they fail to inspire or connect to the soul. Another paramount requirement of artwork is the prick of the observer in one way or another in order to evoke emotion. Last, uniqueness also finds its way into one’s personal philosophy as art must persuade the observer to consider a new action…show more content…
These works occupy their own category and though they are evidence of the human intellect using elements of creativity and artistic flair, these cannot be considered within either of the aforementioned groups. Shark Tank is a reality show that has emerged among scores of others like and is in its seventh season. Entrepreneurs take the platform before five billionaires in hopes to earn an investment in their company or invention. Within each successful entrepreneur one can find tenacity and diligence and having reached the tank means their idea can be deemed both innovative and creative, however these mechanical solutions to America’s problems are not evidence of art. Martin Heidegger, eloquently describes equipment in his account, "The Origin of the Work of Art" as a "familiar being [that] has a peculiar intermediate position between thing and art." With this claim that a gap exists between an object and a work of art, Heidegger prepares the way for confirmation that mechanical systems or creations cannot be classified as art. Robin G. Collingwood's argument in "Chapter 7" of The Principles of Art makes it obvious that he is in agreement with my stance as well. He proposes that the making of an artifact occurs in two stages. The first being the, "making the plan, which is creating" and second is, "imposing that plan on certain matter, which is fabricating" (Collingwood). At first, this may seem contradictory since Collingwood employs the word create in what he identifies to be the first stage, however one has to look more closely at how he defines both creation and an artifact, the two operative words. First, Collingwood provides the definition of create which denotes the making of something in a non-technical way. Then, Collingwood reaches back to the origin of the word pointing out its meaning, to generate. Although both are
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