The Great Debate about Art
by Roy Harris
In this lucid and insightful essay, renowned linguist Roy Harris reflects on the early nineteenth-century doctrine of “art for art’s sake.” This was attacked by Proudhon and Nietzsche, but defended by Théophile Gautier and E. M. Forster. It influenced movements as diverse as futurism and Dada. Over the past two centuries, three main positions have emerged. The “institution...more
Paperback, 130 pages
Published June 15th 2010 by Prickly Paradigm Press
(first published April 15th 2010)
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This is the most comprehensive yet stunningly concise book about the epistemology of art ever. Every time I get the urge to make something, which - let's be honest here - isn't that frequent to begin with, I think about this book and get depressed about how useless it all really is. But this is a great feeling, for it lifts the weight of art history and theory off my shoulders and allows me to pursue whatever inane idea I'm attempting to limn. My only complaint of life post-'The Great Debate' is...more
Roy Harris is Emeritus Professor of General Linguistics in the University of Oxford and Honorary Fellow of St Edmund Hall. He has also held university teaching posts in Hong Kong, Boston and Paris and visiting fellowships at universities in South Africa and Australia, and at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study.More about Roy Harris...