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Fall 2016


Films, musical works, paintings, photographs, sculptures, and other kinds of things can be artworks. I maintain that in whatever sense something can be, say, a painting and also an artwork, something can be both a game and an artwork. I will discuss what artworks and games are before offering an account of how games can be artworks. Then I will examine Brock Rough’s arguments for his incompatibility thesis, according to which artworks and games are incompatible kinds: if something is a game, it cannot be an artwork, and vice versa. I maintain that Rough can only be right in saying that games can’t be artworks if films, musical works, paintings, and the like cannot be artworks as well.


Winner of a $100 prize

Course: PHIL 3190, Directed Studies