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Danto and His Critics

Philosophers & Their Critics

Edited by Mark Rollins
Format: Paperback
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd, Oxford, United Kingdom
Imprint: Blackwell Publishers
Published: 16th Sep 1993
Dimensions: w 152mm h 229mm d 18mm
Weight: 378g
ISBN-10: 0631183388
ISBN-13: 9780631183389
Barcode No: 9780631183389
Arthur Danto has produced a body of work that includes epistemology, action theory, the philosophy of history, the history of philosophy, aesthetics, and art criticism. In addition to the impact of his recent critical essays, three books, in particular, have been influential: "Knowledge and Narrative", published in 1985 (containing the 1968 "Analytical Philosophy of History"), "Analytical Philosophy of Action", in 1973, and "The Transfiguration of the Commonplace", in 1981. These analyze the nature of historical narrative, the theory of action, and the evolution and ontology of art. An abiding concern in this work has been the attribution of content to various expressions of ideas, thoughts or beliefs: in knowledge claims, actions, and artworks. Accounting for the difference between apparently indistinguishable objects and events in these categories has been a methodological thread. "Arthur Danto and his Critics" contains an assessment of the systematic character of Danto's work in terms of the central role of representation in it. Critical analyses focus on three main aspects of his theory of the content and status of representation, especially in visual art: intention, interpretation and the historical and cultural context. These essays, which include discussions of historicism, institutional theory, narrative, postmodernism, the relation of art to rhetoric and of aesthetics to the philosophy of mind, are followed by responses from Arthur Danto himself.

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"The editorial introduction, bibliography, footnotes, and index are excellent. Highest recommendation for all collections." "American Library Association""This book is a welcome addition to the growing body of writings on Danto's opera, not only for its wide perspective and the range of questions covered but because it succeeds in bringing into clear relief the various commitments and argumentative strategies that distinguist Danto's view of philosophy from others that are in vogue." "Stephen Davies, University of Auckland""The cogitations of so many minds are rewarding and the constant mix of thought and counterthought and parathought and megathought stimulating, if never, for a moment, relaxing. An ideal gift for the asporant philospher - or the aesthete who thinks she/he knows it all. They don't." "The Print Collector"