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Art and Embodiment: From Aesthetics to Self-Consciousness

Art and Embodiment: From Aesthetics to Self-Consciousness (Hardback)

By Crowther, Paul

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In his Critical Aesthetics and Postmodernism Paul Crowther argued that art and aesthetic experiences have the capacity to humanize. In Art and Embodiment he develops this theme in much greater depth, arguing that art can bridge the gap between philosophy's traditional striving fo...r generality and completeness, and the concreteness and contingency of humanity's basic relation to the world. As the key element in his theory, he proposes an ecological definition of art. His strategy involves first mapping out and analysing the logical boundaries and ontological structures of the aesthetic domain. He then considers key concepts from this analysis in the light of a tradition in Continental philosophy (notably the work of Kant, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, and Hegel) whichDSby virtue of the philosophical significance that it assigns to artDSsignificantly anticipates the ecological conception. On this basis Dr Crowther is able to give a full formulation of his ecological definition. Art, in making sensible or imaginative material into symbolic form, harmonizes and conserves what is unique and what is general in human experience. The aesthetic domain answers basic needs intrinsic to self-consciousness itself, and art is the highest realization of such needs. In the creation and reception of art the embodied subject is fully at home with his or her environment.
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ISBN 9780198239963
Released NZ 1 Jul 1993
Publisher Oxford University Press (S1)
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780198239963
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Oxford University Press (S1)
Imprint Oxford University Press
Released 1 Jul 1993
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Crowther, Paul
Category Theory Of Art
Metaphysics & Ontology
Epistemology, Theory Of Knowledge
Number of Pages 218
Dimensions Width: 146mm
Height: 224mm
Spine: 18mm
Dewey Code 701.17
Weight 399g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Art, Philosophy, Aesthetics
NBS Text The Arts: General & Reference
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly