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11.22.2013 | | Posted at 03:29 PM
By Tyler Friedman
It is trivially true that a painter is a painter by virtue of painting paintings. The same holds for a craftsperson in any domain. Perhaps Aristotle was the first to notice this: “we become builders, for instance, by building, and we become harpists by playing the harp.” (Nicomachean Ethics 1103a2-3).But it is an impoverished account that reduces the work of art to being a mere physical object...

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