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Art and Its Messages

Meaning, Morality, and Society

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This volume brings together essays by leading philosophers of art who consider what can be learned from the meaning of art about society, morality and life in general. This subject inevitably leads to discussion of other issues. Is art distinct from life? Is a concern with art's messages consistent with an appropriately aesthetic appreciation of its works? Is there anything distinctive about the manner in which art communicates its messages, or about the messages it conveys? The topic of art's social and moral importance has always been a central one in aesthetics. However, whereas Plato and Schiller, for instance, viewed art as intimately implicated in a person's moral and social education, modernist theories have argued for art's autonomy and separation from worldly matters. The essays presented here provide a contemporary perspective on this long-standing debate and reveal the recent revitalization of humanist concerns in describing art and its significance.

Author Biography

Stephen Davies is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Auckland.
Release date NZ
February 1st, 1997
Contributor
Edited by Stephen Davies
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
Pennsylvania State University Press
Pages
136
Dimensions
152x229x10
ISBN-13
9780271016832
Product ID
2427059

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