Art in Action Toward a Christian Aesthetic

ISBN-10: 0802818161
ISBN-13: 9780802818164
Edition: 1987
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Book details

List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 1987
Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Publication date: 9/1/1987
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 250
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Taking Vigorous Issue with the pervasive Western notion that the arts exist essentially for the purpose of aesthetic contemplation, Nicholas Wolterstorff proposes instead what he sees as an authentically Christian perspective: that art has a legitimate, even necessary, place in everyday life. While granting that galleries, theaters and concert halls serve a valid purpose, Wolterstorff argues that art should also be appreciated in action -- in private homes, in hotel lobbies, in factories and grocery stores, on main street.

Preface
Artistically Man Acts
Art in Action
The Universality of Art
The Purpose of Art
The Arts
The Essential Purpose of Art
Intended Public Use of Art
Our Blindness
The Structure of Art in Action
Works of Art
Our Institution of High Art
Our Institution of High Art
Art for Contemplation
Separation of Art from Life
Immensity of Repertoire
The Critic in Our Institution of High Art
The Purpose for the Uses
Contemplation for Its Own Sake
Disinterested Contemplation and the Fine Arts
The Aesthetic
Inscape
Stylistic Diversity
Mysticism and the Religion of the Aesthetic
Artistic Creation
The Interiorizing of the Artist Community
Anti-Art and De-aestheticization
Art in Christian Perspective
The Artist as Responsible Servant
Toward a Christian Aesthetic
Man an Earthling
Man's Vocation
Man's End
Redemption
The Protestant View
The World Behind the Work
The Given With Which the Artist Works
The Artist and His Medium--Mastering
The Artist and Fittingness
The Nature of Fittingness
Expressiveness
Worker in Fittingness
The Action of World-Projection
Introduction
In and Out of Worlds
The Ontology of Worlds
The Action of Projection
Point of View
The Benefits of World-Projection
Marcuse on the Benefits of World-Projection
Norms in Art: Artistic and Aesthetic Responsibility
Artistic Excellence
Aesthetic Excellence
Aspects Irrelevant to Aesthetic Excellence
Beauty
Types of Aesthetic Merit
Norms for the Aesthetic
Aesthetic Excellence in What Is Not Produced for Aesthetic Delight
Concerning Works Aesthetically Good and Morally Bad
Our Stance Toward the Institution of High Art
Liberation
Introduction
City
Church
Tradition
Participation
Malraux's Humanistic Alternative
Expression and Revelation
Notes
Selected Bibliography

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