Novelty and its acceptance: an intersubjective perspective
by Fu-Lai Tony Yu
International Journal of Arts and Technology (IJART), Vol. 1, No. 1, 2008

Abstract: This article seeks to explain the acceptance of an innovation or a novel idea from a phenomenological perspective, with special reference to creativity in art. It argues that whether a new idea like cubism in oil painting, is accepted or not by the community is a matter of subjective interpretation. Based on human agency theories put forwarded by Max Weber and Alfred Schutz, this article uses the concept of intersubjective understanding to explain how innovative works are interpreted and accepted by the community. The phenomenological approach to understand an artwork is illustrated by oil paintings of Pablo Picasso. Implications regarding different types of innovations (namely, radical breakthrough vs. adaptive innovation and scientific innovation vs. creativity in art) in association with their community acceptance are discussed.

Online publication date: Wed, 13-Aug-2008

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