Danto and His Critics

Danto and His Critics

by Mark Rollins
     
 

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Updated and revised, the Second Edition of Danto and His Critics presents a series of essays by leading Danto scholars who offer their critical assessment of the influential works and ideas of Arthur C. Danto, the Johnsonian Professor Emeritus in the Department of Philosophy at Columbia University and long-time art critic for The

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Updated and revised, the Second Edition of Danto and His Critics presents a series of essays by leading Danto scholars who offer their critical assessment of the influential works and ideas of Arthur C. Danto, the Johnsonian Professor Emeritus in the Department of Philosophy at Columbia University and long-time art critic for The Nation.

  • Reflects Danto's revisions in his theory of art, reworking his views in ways that have not been systematically addressed elsewhere
  • Features essays that critically assess the changes in Danto's thoughts and locate Danto's revised theory in the larger context of his work and of aesthetics generally
  • Speaks in original ways to the relation of Danto's philosophy of art to his theory of mind
  • Connects and integrates Danto's ideas on the nature of knowledge, action, aesthetics, history, and mind, as well as his provocative thoughts on the philosophy of art for the reader

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Editorial Reviews

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“Highly recommended.  Upper-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty.  (Choice, 1 February 2013)

Library Journal
Known to the public as The Nation 's art critic and to philosophers as a thinker about history, knowledge, and art, Arthur Danto is a self-confessed Cartesian who still believes that objective truth exists, that people are not machines, and that every human activity (even--perhaps especially--bad art) can provide us with insight. Here, replying to his critics, Danto lays down more clearly than ever his central thesis that people outrun the systems they build--a view predicated on the simple notion that it takes judgment to tell what is history and what is art. A Brillo box can be art, and a description of the battle of Iwo Jima is not necessarily history (if it were written in 1841, for example). His replies display the same wit, perception, and charm with which he enlivens the often heavy-handed Nation . Readers may despair at the jargon-laden opening essay by David Carrier, but those wise enough to skip it will find thinkers always worth attending to, including Richard Wollheim, Jerry Fodor, and George Dickie. For academic and large public collections.-- Leslie Armour, Univ. of Ottawa

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470673447
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/15/2012
Series:
Philosophers and their Critics Series, #1
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.31(h) x 0.87(d)

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Danto and his Critics was always the best place to find illuminating discussions of Danto's work, especially his philosophy of art. The expanded edition brings it up date and makes it even better. 

Robert Stecker , Central Michigan University

Meet the Author

Mark Rollins is Professor in the Department of Philosophy, the Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program, and the Sam Fox School of Art and Visual Design at Washington University in St. Louis. He is the author of several books on the role of images in perception and cognition and as symbols in literature and art. 

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