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    artists are driven to attempt the impossible -

    Does this dash denote "further explanation" or "emphasis"?

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    ex)The creation of a work of art has little in common with what we usually mean by making...For the non-artist, it is hard to believe that this uncertainty is the essence of the artist's work. Whereas artisans generally attempt what they know to be possible, artists are driven to attempt the impossible - or at least the improbable or seemingly unimaginable...

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    Re: artists are driven to attempt the impossible -

    Does this dash denote "further explanation" or "emphasis"?
    Whereas artisans generally attempt what they know to be possible,
    artists are driven to attempt the impossible - or at least the improbable or seemingly unimaginable...

    "further explanation", or in this case more specifically, "qualification".

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    Re: artists are driven to attempt the impossible -

    I agree- it can't be emphasis as it's less emphatic than the part before the dash.

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    Re: artists are driven to attempt the impossible -

    I agree, too.

    In the above context I would consider a comma to be just as good as a dash – if not better.

    Rover

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