Beware the 'Slipperiness of Cognitivism': the concise case for doctoral research through practices in the visual arts

Riley, Howard (2019) Beware the 'Slipperiness of Cognitivism': the concise case for doctoral research through practices in the visual arts. Wales Journal of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, 1 (2). pp. 95-107. ISSN 2396-7285

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Abstract

This paper is an extended version of a presentation which addressed the question posed under Strand'A' of Paradox: The Fine Art European Forum held at the Conway Hall, London, September 2017: Does the PhD research model of contributing new knowledge fit art, where there are no definitive answers and the main strength of the research is its ability to question?, answering in the positive by distinguishing between propositional knowledge, non-propositional knowledge, and understanding. It acknowledges the range of work already published on this question, and distils an aesthetic cognitivist position from which the visual arts are construed as powerful means of deepening our understanding, a source of non­ propositional knowledge on a par with, although qualitatively different from, the way that the sciences are construed as the means to propositional knowledge. The terms perceptual intrigue and conceptual intrigue are introduced as values implicit in aesthetic cognitivism. The paper is intended to support and inform research supervisors charged with advocating, research proposals through practices in the visual arts, and those responsible for assessing such proposals, in the context of university cross-disciplinary research degrees committees. Mae'r papur hwn yn fersiwn estynedig o gyflwyniad a aeth i'r afael 6 chwestiwn a ofynnwyd o dan Linyn 'A' o Fforwm Ewropeaidd Celfyddyd Gain, Paradox, a gynhaliwyd yn Neuadd Conway, Llundain, Medi 2077: Ayw model ymchwil PhD o gyfrannu gwybodaeth newydd yn gweddu i gelfyddyd, pan nad oes unrhyw atebion pendant a phrif gryfder yr ymchwil yw ei allu i gwestiynu ?, gan ateb yn gadarnhaol trwy wahaniaethu rhwng gwybodaeth osodiadaol a gwybodaeth anosodiadol, a dealltwriaeth.Mae'n cydnabod yr amrywiaeth o waith a gyhoeddwyd eisoes ar y pwnc hwn, ac yn egluro safbwynt gwybyddol esthetig, lie ystyrir y celfyddydau gweledol yn ddul/iau pwerus o ddyfnhau ein dealltwriaeth, sef ffynhonnell o wybodaeth anosodiadol i'w chymharu, er eu bod yn hanfodol wahanol, a'r modd yr ystyrir y gwyddorau yn fodd o sicrhau gwybodaeth osodiadol. Nod y papur yw cefnogi goruchwylwyr ymchwil ac erai/1 sydd wedi cael y cyfrifoldeb o wneud cynigion ymchwil trwy ymarferion yn y celfyddydau gweledol yng nghyd-destun pwyllgorau graddau ymchwil trawsddisgyblaethol prifysgolion

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Practice-based research; Visual arts; Types of knowledge and understanding; Perceptual intrigue; Conceptual intrigue; Support for research supervisors
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: Faculties > Faculty of Art and Design
Depositing User: Lesley Cresswell
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2019 11:53
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2019 11:53
URI: http://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/1013

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