The Conversion Theory Essay

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“The central problem of the conversion theory that it does not describe the way we typify our experiences of painful art....If the overall experience of an artwork is described as painful, then the conversion theory is simply not applicable to that work.” “It would be odd to say that we enjoy horror/tragedy.” (Chapelle, 2014, p.92) Smuts also points out that Hume gives no process of the conversion theory; he clearly states that Hume does not give an account of why the conversion theory occurs but Hume does on the other hand give a vague explanation of how it works, although not very descriptive. In the defence of Hume, we could state that: painful art is mysterious in the way that it makes our experience pleasurable. Aristotle also struggled…show more content…
If it was not, we would not bother with it at all!” (Chapelle, 2014, p.93) Smuts also states: “If an artwork were nothing but depressing no one would care to see it.” However, he does also mention that: “It would be plausible to say the negative affect was instrumental to or even constitutive of for instance, larger cognitive values.” (Smuts, 2009, p.48) Hume denies F that states: “Experiences of painful art are experiences that cause pain, not pleasure.” Hume in this case, therefore accepts normative hedonism which is described in the following declaration: “The only thing that people are ever rationally motivated by is the prospect of gaining pleasure or avoiding pain.” (Chapelle, 2014, p.94) Consequently, Hume is of the view that as rational agents we seek pleasure and aim to avoid pain. We would therefore seek out painful art if we find it
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