What A Work Of Art Is If It Isn 't Fabrication

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Collingwood starts off by looking into what a work of art is if it isn’t fabrication. He proclaims that we can’t answer this question by looking at the characteristics of the activity or the artist. Two theories built on the foundation of the idea that something must be in control are the following: control by a divine or spiritual being or work controlled by involuntary and subconscious parts of the mind. Collingwood asserts that it would be a waste of time to criticize and question these theories; but the ordinary name for activities of this sort are called creation. He acknowledges that theologians cringe when they hear the term because they think of it in relation to God’s creation, but we need to understand it as we use it in daily contexts. Creation, as Collingwood claims, means to create something in a non-technical way, both consciously and voluntarily. A person who makes something does it voluntarily, possibly without any preconceived plans. He continues that it should be clear that when referring to an artist making something we are referring to creating. Creation as it relates to God is distinct from other types of creation in that it literally comes out of nothing, but other forms of creation requires circumstances to ensue that allow them to be created. Therefore, Collingwood clarifies that when he speaks of art works in relation to a creator that he is not raising art to the level of something divine or Godly. Collingwood goes on to explain imaginary
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