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The Transfiguration of the Commonplace: A Philosophy of Art
     

The Transfiguration of the Commonplace: A Philosophy of Art

by Arthur C. Danto
 

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ISBN-10: 0674903463

ISBN-13: 9780674903463

Pub. Date: 03/28/1983

Publisher: Harvard

Mr. Danto argues that recent developments in the artworld, in particular the production of works of art that cannot be told from ordinary things, make urgent the need for a new theory of art and make plain the factors such a theory can and cannot involve. In the course of constructing such a theory, he seeks to demonstrate the relationship between philosophy and

Overview

Mr. Danto argues that recent developments in the artworld, in particular the production of works of art that cannot be told from ordinary things, make urgent the need for a new theory of art and make plain the factors such a theory can and cannot involve. In the course of constructing such a theory, he seeks to demonstrate the relationship between philosophy and art, as well as the connections that hold between art and social institutions and art history.

The book distinguishes what belongs to artistic theory from what has traditionally been confused with it, namely aesthetic theory and offers as well a systematic account of metaphor, expression, and style, together with an original account of artistic representation. A wealth of examples, drawn especially from recent and contemporary art, illuminate the argument.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674903463
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
03/28/1983
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,204,213
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

  • 1. Works of Art and Mere Real Things
  • 2. Content and Causation
  • 3. Philosophy and Art
  • 4. Aesthetics and the Work of Art
  • 5. Interpretation and Identification
  • 6. Works of Art and Mere Representations
  • 7. Metaphor, Expression, and Style
  • Index

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