CenSes Seminar

CenSes Seminar
27 March 2019, 5.30pm - 7.00pm
Gordon Room, G34, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

It may seem that an affirmative answer to this question is indefensible, given the nature of perfumes as functional objects that are simply supposed to smell good. I endeavour to show that there is more than this to some perfumes. In particular, at least some perfumes were created with a representational aim. To this extent, these perfumes satisfy some traditional definitions of art. Moreover, at least some perfume designers intend their perfumes to be appreciated for their structural and expressive features—sometimes, to the detriment of wearability. To this extent, these perfumes satisfy some conventionalist definitions of art. In sum, from the point of view of many different definitions, some perfumes are indeed works of art, and, as such, are worthy of a special kind of regard.


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