Explanation and Value in the Arts

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Explanation and Value in the Arts offers penetrating studies by art historians, literary theorists, and philosophers, of issues central to explaining works of literature and painting. The first chapters look at the sources of interest in the fine arts and point to the intimate relation between aesthetic and other values. The next contributions develop the interaction between value and explanation in the study of the arts, including considerations of the nature of creativity and the principles for the explanations...
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Overview

Explanation and Value in the Arts offers penetrating studies by art historians, literary theorists, and philosophers, of issues central to explaining works of literature and painting. The first chapters look at the sources of interest in the fine arts and point to the intimate relation between aesthetic and other values. The next contributions develop the interaction between value and explanation in the study of the arts, including considerations of the nature of creativity and the principles for the explanations of works. A final section takes up questions of the role of ideology and the determining role of power.
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List of contributors; Editor's acknowledgements; 1. Interests, values and explanations Salim Kemal and Ivan Gaskell; 2. Fiction and reality in painting Michael Podro; 3. Franz Kafka: the necessity for a philosophical interpretation of his work Walter Biemel; 4. On relocating ethical criticism Wayne C. Booth; 5. Explanation and value: what makes the visual arts so different, so appealing? Mark Roskill; 6. Is art history? Svetlana Alpers; 7. Objectivity and valuation in contemporary art history Gregg Horowitz; 8. Fullness and parsimony: notes on creativity in the arts Jon Elster; 9. Principles of a sociology of cultural works Pierre Bourdieu; 10. Althusser and ideological criticism of the arts Richard Eldridge; 11. Film, rhetoric, and ideology Noël Carroll; Index.
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