Artistic Research: Delusions, Confusions and Differentiations


Concerning artistic research, the state of affairs is still one of delusions and confusions. The reason for this is the pluralization and dedifferentiation of rationality pushed forward by the postmodern period. The way out of it is the way of differentiations. Thus, it seems helpful, first, to remember what we already have in philosophical aesthetics, namely four basic models of art and knowledge. The question, then, is whether artistic research fits into (one of) these models. To my mind, it does – though in a new way. Secondly, it is helpful to have a short sober sociological look at the situation. Finally, we have to ask the question about the kind of research that is at stake in artistic research. Here, the meaning of non-propositional knowledge and Kant’s idea of an as-if-knowledge is useful. All in all, artistic research still fails in giving a sufficient explanation of itself.


artistic research, philosophical aesthetics, non-propositional knowledge, Kant

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Früchtl, Josef. “Artistic Research: Delusions, Confusions and Differentiations.” Eidos. A Journal for Philosophy of Culture 3, no. 2(8) (2019): 124–134. https://doi.org/10.14394/eidos.jpc.2019.0022.


Josef Früchtl
Faculty of Humanities, University of Amsterdam
Bushuis/Oost-Indisch Huis, Kloveniersburgwal 48, 1012 CX Amsterdam, The Netherlands


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