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Danto and his critics
2nd ed.
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Chichester, West Sussex, UK ; Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.


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xiv, 323 p.
Philosophers and their critics ; 14
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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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Choice Review

Arthur Danto is best known for his contributions to aesthetics and the philosophy of art, but he is also recognized for significant work in the fields of epistemology, action theory, philosophy of history, and philosophy of mind. These critical essays on Danto's work, along with responses from Danto himself, successfully integrate the many strands of Danto's thought into a unified whole. The first edition of this book (CH, Jun'94, 31-5388) received high praise; in the 20 years since its publication, Danto's thought has continued to evolve. This second edition captures that development and its relation to the larger context of the philosophy of art and contemporary philosophy as a whole. Five of the 16 critical essays are new, contributors have added postscripts to a number of the essays, and Danto has contributed a new afterword. While not suitable for most general readers or lower-division undergraduates, this new edition should be warmly received by scholars with interests in contemporary philosophy, and especially those concerned with the philosophy of art. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty. M. W. Sontag College of Mount St. Joseph

Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.