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The Philosophical Disenfranchisement of Art (Classics in Philosophy)
In this acclaimed work, first published in 1986, world-renowned scholar Arthur C. Danto explored the inextricably linked but often misunderstood relationship between art and philosophy. In light of the book's impact -- especially the essay "The End of Art," which dramatically announced that art ended in the 1960s -- this enhanced edition includes a foreword by Jonathan Gil ...more
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published December 2004 by Columbia University Press
(first published September 1st 1986)
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Jun 01, 2009 Jim rated it really liked it · review of another edition
I picked this book up both because I thought that as a relative newcomer to art appreciation, it would be helpful to have a thoughtful theoretical account of art, its aims, the aesthetic standards we do or should bring to bear on it, and so on; and because the book's title suggested that all of this might have something to do with philosophy generally (as opposed to the philosophy of art in particular), which is certainly an interest of mine. I think the book succeeds much better on the former f ...more
While I'm not sure that I agree with all of Danto's arguments, I do appreciate his rigor and style. He writes for both philosophers (read: some academic language and syntax) and the common reader. I am aware that I'm inviting an obvious objection, so I'll pre-empt it: yes, you would get more out of the text if you studied philosophy somewhat discursively. However, I wouldn't just call what he does simply name dropping. He makes his points while crediting the thinker. And the best part is that hi ...more
This collection of essays is not as great as The Transfiguration of the Commonplace. It is an excellent work, don't get me wrong. However, I just don't agree with many of the essays that reject hermeneutics and other interpretations in favor of author's intent.
Arthur C. Danto was Johnsonian Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Columbia University and art critic for The Nation. He was the author of numerous books, including Unnatural Wonders: Essays from the Gap Between Art and Life, After the End of Art, and Beyond the Brillo Box: The Visual Arts in Post-Historical Perspective.
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