conceptual art does not aim at the "strict" intellect
In his text (Klaus Groh könyvérõl és néhány általános problémáról [On the Book of Klaus Groh and Some Other General Problems]) László Beke points out that in Joseph Kosuth's terminology the notions of "concept" and "conceptual" have multiple meanings. The title of Kosuth's other book Art after Philosophy is also peculiar in the sense that the word "after" might refer to the succession of something (in the present case art following philosophy) but also it denotes surpassing (leaving philosophy behind, art taking an individual stance). This phenomenon is based on the view by which "content", "essence" or "thought" represents the smallest entities: they formulate the starting point instead of being the ultimate purpose of inquiry ("this is the minimum" - we might say) and it certainly derives from an aspect of regarding art as being a research process; the artpieces are proposals (for art, its nature and essence) that must (and can) exclusively be examined in the context of any other (already existing and possible) proposals. It is obvious that the ultimate problem is that of "what art is", to which the artworks are connected as art-proposals. "Art" itself is presumed to be a concept and it denotes an indefinable entity (depending on a certain age, place, person or culture) in the sense of being "the whole". The meaning of the art-concept (in the Wittgensteinian sense and as quoted by Kosuth) may well be that "meaning is using". How we use the art-concept (what do we know about art and what is it good for?), that is how on the one hand usage of the art-concept comes from knowledge, and on the other from activity. For the question of what art is, the answers are thus given either from a basis of knowledge: it must be shared by every artist and it is equal with creating a new concept about art on a personal level, i.e. by means of a (new) art-concept that is "concept" ("concept art") itself; or activity also provides answers: the artist makes works through which he proposes to answer the question ("art is what I make") and since the question is of a conceptual nature the answer in this context will also be "conceptual art".