Maria Forsberg: "Circularity and the Complete Work”

  • Date: –12:00
  • Location: Engelska parken - Eng2-1022
  • Organiser: Department of Philosophy
  • Contact person: Matti Eklund
  • Seminarium

The Higher Seminar in Theoretical Philosophy

Maria Forsberg, Stockholm University: "Circularity and the Complete Work”


Abstract
According to psychologism about work completion, a work is complete only if the artist is in a mental state of a particular kind. Some psychologists hold that a work is complete just in case the artist judges that it is complete. Others hold that a work is complete just in case the artist possesses a completion disposition with regard to the work. The psychological accounts are orthodox views. Some writers, however, have recently raised circularity objections to them. I defend the accounts against these objections. I distinguish first between three different circularity objections: the worry that the analyses of work completion are circular, the worry that the theories about facts that ground facts about work completion are uninformative, and the worry that the theories about facts that ground facts about work completion are incorrect, due to circular requirements on being in the relevant mental states. I then show how the objections can be answered.