Synopses & Reviews
What is art? The contributors to Theories of Art Today address the assertion that the term “art” no longer holds meaning. They explore a variety of issues including: aesthetic and institutional theories of art, feminist perspectives on the philosophy of art, the question of whether art is a cluster concept, and the relevance of tribal art to philosophical aesthetics. Contributors to this book include such distinguished philosophers and historians as Arthur Danto, Joseph Margolis, and George Dickie.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 241-262) and index.
About the Author
Noël Carroll is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Humanities at Temple University and Past-President of the American Society for Aesthetics. He is the author of Philosophy of Mass Art, Interpreting the Moving Image, Theorizing the Moving Image, and Philosophy of Art: A Contemporary Introduction. He is co-editor (with David Bordwell) of Post-Theory: Reconstructing Film Studies, which is also published by the University of Wisconsin Press.
Table of Contents
"Art" as a cluster concept / Berys Gaut -- Is it reasonable to attempt to define art? / Robert Stecker -- Aesthetic concepts of art / James C. Anderson -- The institutional theory of art / George Dickie -- The deviant ontology of artworks / Joseph Margolis -- Art and meaning / Athur C. Danto -- A sustainable definition of "art" / Marcia Muelder Eaton -- Art: life after death? / George W.S. Bailey -- Glaring omissions in traditional theories of art / Peg Zeglin Brand -- Non-western art and art's definition / Stephen Davies -- "But they don't have our concept of art" / Denis Dutton.