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Philosophers on Art from Kant to the Postmodernists A Critical Reader

ISBN-10: 0231140959

ISBN-13: 9780231140959

Edition: 2010

Authors: Christopher Kul-Want

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Philosophers approach art from a wholly unique perspective, and incorporating their thought into an analysis of art expands both our notion of what art can embody and our understanding of what criticism can achieve. Here, for the first time, Christopher Kul-Want brings together twenty-five primary philosophical texts on art written by twenty different philosophers. Stretching from the Enlightenment to postmodernism, these essays represent Continental philosophy and aesthetics, the Marxist intellectual tradition, and the practice of psychoanalysis, each one introduced by an overview and interpretation.In these essays Martin Heidegger discusses the meaning of the Greek temple and Van Gogh's painting of shoes; Georges Bataille elucidates Salvador Dalí's "The Lugubrious Game"; Theodor W. Adorno questions capitalism through an analysis of collage; Walter Benjamin and Roland Barthes address the uncanny effects of photography; Sigmund Freud muses on Leonardo Da Vinci and his interpreters; Jacques Lacan and Julia Kristeva look closely at paintings by Holbein; Freud's postmodern critic, Gilles Deleuze, considers the visceral paintings of Francis Bacon; and, taking his cue from the ideas of Kant and Aristotle, Giorgio Agamben explores the twin traditions of the Duchampian ready-made and Pop Art. Kul-Want intersperses these texts with essays on aesthetics (from Hegel and Nietzsche to Badiou and Rancière) that prove philosophy has adopted an entirely new orientation toward aesthetic experience and subjectivity in the wake of Kant's powerful legacy.
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Book details

List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 6/22/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Preface
Introduction: Art and Philosophy
Critique of Judgment
Introductory Lectures on Aesthetics
How the "True World" Finally Became a Fable: The History of an Error
The Will to Power as Art
Beyond the Pleasure Principle Leonardo da Vinci and a Memory of His Childhood
The Lugubrious Game
A Small History of Photography
Nietzsche's Overturning of Platonism
The Origin of the Work of Art
The Mirror Stage as Formative of the Function of the / Of the Gaze as Object Petit a
Las Meninas
Society
The Work of Art and Fantasy
Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography
Giotto's Joy Holbein's Dead Christ
Spurs: Nietzsche's Styles
Hysteria
Answering the Question: What Is Postmodernism?
Privation Is Like a Face
The Vestige of Art
Art and Philosophy
The Janus-Face of Politicized Art
Notes
Bibliography
Index