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Mr. Danto argues that recent developments in the artworld, in particular the production of works of art that cannot be told from ordinary things, make urgent the need for a new theory of art and make plain the factors such a theory can and cannot involve. In the course of constructing such a theory, he seeks to demonstrate the relationship between philosophy and art, as well as the connections that hold between art and social institutions and art history.

The book distinguishes what belongs to artistic theory from what has traditionally been confused with it, namely aesthetic theory and offers as well a systematic account of metaphor, expression, and style, together with an original account of artistic representation. A wealth of examples, drawn especially from recent and contemporary art, illuminate the argument.

About the Author

Arthur C. Danto was Johnsonian Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Works of Art and Mere Real Things
  • 2. Content and Causation
  • 3. Philosophy and Art
  • 4. Aesthetics and the Work of Art
  • 5. Interpretation and Identification
  • 6. Works of Art and Mere Representations
  • 7. Metaphor, Expression, and Style
  • Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674903463
Author:
Danto, Arthur Coleman
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Author:
Danto, Arthur C.
Author:
Danto, Arthur Coleman
Author:
to, Arthur C.
Author:
Dan
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
History - General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Metaphysics
Subject:
Arts, fine
Subject:
General Philosophy
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
March 1983
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
None
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8 x 6 in 9 oz

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