Ontology, Intentionality, and Television Aesthetics.

Nannicelli, Ted (2012) Ontology, Intentionality, and Television Aesthetics.. Screen, 53 2: 164-179. doi:10.1093/screen/hjs004

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Author Nannicelli, Ted
Title Ontology, Intentionality, and Television Aesthetics.
Journal name Screen   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0036-9543
Publication date 2012-01-01
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/screen/hjs004
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 53
Issue 2
Start page 164
End page 179
Total pages 16
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
 This essay suggests that television aesthetics, as a research project, would benefit from attending to relevant theoretical debates in philosophical aesthetics. One reason for this is that assumptions about the ontology of television artworks are already embedded in our critical practices. We ought to be more aware of what these assumptions are and state them more explicitly. Moreover, I argue, for debates in television aesthetics to get off the ground, we need to ensure we bring the largely the same ontological assumptions to the table. We need to roughly agree about how television works are identified and individuated to ensure we are talking about the same works and that our debates are coherent. Referring to television works as 'texts' can make their ontology seem radically different from what our common creative and critical practices suggest, but I argue that a more precise use of language will help clarify ontological matters. Furthermore, I argue that the tacit ontological conceptions embedded in our creative and critical practices cannot be overturned by revisionist theories; rather, they actually determine the sort of ontological things to which we refer with terms like ‘episode’ and ‘series’. I conclude by attempting to show that our standard critical practices involve the tacit assumption that successfully realized artistic intentions establish the spatio-temporal boundaries of television works.
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