ABSTRACT

A conference on 'The State of Aesthetics' was held in London in 2011. It must be significant that a conference responding to this thematic should be organized and attended by some of the most respected and influential figures in contemporary Anglo-American aesthetics. This shows that the marginalization referred to is a widely recognized phenomenon, and not just the ungrounded conjectures of an over-sensitive minority. Another feature which Anglo-American aestheticians frequently invoke in relation to the artistic aspect of the artwork, is the question of the artist's intentions. The relation between an artist and his or her intentions is profoundly influenced by the process of designing and making a work itself. Ernst Cassirer's philosophy of symbolic forms is a major contribution to twentieth-century thought and interest in it has been undergoing considerable revival recently.