A Philosophy of Mass Art

Paperback | January 1, 1998

byCarroll, Noel

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We live in a world dominated by mass art. Movies, TV, pulp literature, comics, rock music -- both broadcast and recorded -- surround us everywhere in the industrialized world and beyond. However, despite the fact that for the majority mass art supplies the primary source of aestheticexperience, the area has been neglected entirely by analytic philosophers of art. In A Philosophy of Mass Art, Noel Carroll, a leading figure in the field of aesthetic philosophy, attempts to address this lacuna. He shows why philosophers have previously resisted and/or misunderstood mass art and he develops frameworks for understanding the relation of mass art to the emotions,morality, and ideology; discussing the accounts of such theorists in the field as Collingwood, Adorno, Benjamin, McCluhan, and Fiske. Mixing conceptual analysis with many vivid examples, the author proposes the first significant attempt at a philosophy of mass art in the analytical tradition, concluding there are strong grounds for approaching mass art in the same fashion as high art.

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We live in a world dominated by mass art. Movies, TV, pulp literature, comics, rock music -- both broadcast and recorded -- surround us everywhere in the industrialized world and beyond. However, despite the fact that for the majority mass art supplies the primary source of aestheticexperience, the area has been neglected entirely by a...

Noel Carroll is Monroe C. Beardsley Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:425 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:January 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Philosophical Resistance to Mass Art: The Majority Tradition2. Philosophical Celebrations of Mass Art: The Minority Tradition3. The Nature of Mass Art4. Mass Art and the Emotions5. Mass Art and Morality6. Mass Art and IdeologyConclusion

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Carroll succeeds admirably in his aim of clarifying the nature of mass art, and its relation to the emotions, to morality and to idealogy. Clarity is his forte. This might even qualify as a work of mass philosophy: just like mas art, the book is 'comprehensible for untrained audiences,virtually on the first go-around'/Justine Kingsbury, Australasian Journal of PhilosophyR Vol. 81,No.1