Thursday, November 19, 2009

(AP) What "is" is.

The "is" of simple predication:

Obama is a US citizen.

The "is" of (Clintonian) existential predication:

There is no affair.

The "is" of moral judgment:

War is evil.

The "is" of artistic identification:

That upside-down tree is a work of art.

See also Sherri Irvin's critical commentary on Danto's "is of artistic identification/constitution."

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