Art and Knowledge

Art and Knowledge

by James O. Young
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415256461

ISBN-13: 9780415256469

Pub. Date: 10/12/2001

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Almost all of us would agree that the experience of art is deeply rewarding. Why this is the case remains a puzzle; nor does it explain why many of us find works of art much more important than other sources of pleasure. Art and Knowledge argues that the experience of art is so rewarding because it can be an important source of knowledge about ourselves and our

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Almost all of us would agree that the experience of art is deeply rewarding. Why this is the case remains a puzzle; nor does it explain why many of us find works of art much more important than other sources of pleasure. Art and Knowledge argues that the experience of art is so rewarding because it can be an important source of knowledge about ourselves and our relation to each other and to the world. The view that art is a source of knowledge can be traced as far back as Aristotle and Horace. Artists as various as Tasso, Sidney, Henry James and Mendelssohn have believed that art contributes to knowledge. As attractive as this view may be, it has never been satisfactorily defended, either by artists or philosophers. Art and Knowledge reflects on the essence of art and argues that it ought to provide insight as well as pleasure. It argues that all the arts, including music, are importantly representational. This kind of representation is fundamentally different from that found in the sciences, but it can provide insights as important and profound as available from the sciences. Once we recognise that works of art can contribute to knowledge we can avoid thorough relativism about aesthetic value and we can be in a position to evaluate the avant-garde art of the past 100 years. Art and Knowledge is an exceptionally clear and interesting, as well as controversial, exploration of what art is and why it is valuable. It will be of interest to all philosophers of art, artists and art critics.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415256469
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/12/2001
Pages:
196
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile:
1090L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface
1What is art?1
Definitions of art1
The relativity of arthood4
Defining art responsibly10
Why art ought to have cognitive value17
2On representation23
What is representation?23
Types of representation26
The representation of types34
Visual art and semantic representation38
Representation in literature44
Representation in music: I52
Representation in music: II60
3Art as inquiry65
Ways to knowledge65
Rejected alternatives70
Interpretive illustration80
Affective illustration and knowledge88
What can be learned from art?94
Replies to objections104
Cognitive value and the experience of art109
4Evaluation of art114
Relativism and aesthetic value114
The extent of aesthetic relativism121
Criteria of evaluation126
5Avant-garde art and knowledge135
What is avant-garde art?135
Exemplification and avant-garde art140
The semantics of avant-garde art144
But is it art?154
Destroying works of avant-garde art160
Envoy166
Notes168
Bibliography174
Index178

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