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The Philosophical Disenfranchisement Of Art

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  82 ratings  ·  9 reviews
-- "Philosophy and Literature"
Paperback, 216 pages
Published December 15th 1988 by Columbia University Press (first published September 1st 1986)
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Jim
Jun 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Christopher
Mar 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Borna Cetinić
A must read for anyone intersted in art.
Smith
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't finish this. Even as someone who has completed a graduate degree and works in the museum field, the writing was far too dense and utterly inaccessible.
Michael
Dec 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Brendan
Apr 07, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art, philosophy
meh. don't quite know how i feel about Danto yet.
Nim Wunnan
Dec 02, 2010 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art
sucked in by the title, so far Danto has kept the promises it made
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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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