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Kant After Duchamp

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"You don't have to agree with all of Thierry de Duve's premises and arguments (needless to say I don't) in order to recognize that he has written a remarkable book. The essays gathered in "Kant After Duchamp" mount the most formidable case yet made for Duchamp's importance, and what makes de Duve's achievement all the more unexpected is that this is done by way of an inten ...more
Paperback, 504 pages
Published March 2nd 1998 by Mit Press (first published May 10th 1996)
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E. Journey
Kant After Duchamp is written by a long-winded Frenchman, Thierry de Duve. You can’t rush through this book because it is so dense with ideas despite its being written in a deceptively semi-conversational style. In the first section alone, Art Was A Proper Name, the meaning of art and the philosophy supporting a particular meaning is nuanced ad infinitum. I hair-split, too, but never to this extent. I think that excess lies in the purview of philosophers who think through questions logically and ...more
reading for an art class.

it's dense. i like the footnotes. levi-strauss and marcel mauss (the latter, who w/ another french anthropologist, wrote an interesting detailed account about the functions of sound morose, but it's just what anthropologists were into those days).

Bec Manly-Leverton
Thought provoking for those interested in art theory and history.
David Williamson
This book is definitly worth visiting if you're interested in art, a concise account. His first book 'Pictorial Nominalism' is damn good too.

Read on tour with Mountains and David Grubbs. Slept on the floor at Bard and Wesleyan's Eclectic Society anti-frat house.
Best secondary text on Kant's 'Critique of Judgement' I've read.
The most interesting single book on modern art.
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Thierry de Duve, son of Nobel Prize-winning cytologist and biochemist Christian de Duve, is a Belgian scholar of the history and theory of modern and contemporary art. He is a scholar of Immanuel Kant and has written several books on the artist Marcel Duchamp, including: Pictorial Nominalism; On Marcel Duchamp's Passage from Painting to the Readymade (1991), The Definitively Unfinished Marcel Duch ...more
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