Artworld Metaphysics by Robert Kraut

Artworld Metaphysics

byRobert Kraut

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Artworld Metaphysics turns a critical eye upon aspects of the artworld, and articulates some of the problems, principles, and norms implicit in the actual practices of artistic creation, interpretation, evaluation, and commodification. Aesthetic theory is treated as descriptive andexplanatory, rather than normative: a theory that relates to artworld realities as a semantic theory relates to the fragments of natural language it seeks to describe. Robert Kraut examines emotional expression, correct interpretation and objectivity in the context of artworld practice, therelevance of jazz to aesthetic theory, and the goals of ontology (artworld and otherwise). He also considers the relation between art and language, the confusions of postmodern relativism, and the relation between artistic/critical practice and aesthetic theory.

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Robert Kraut is Professor of Philosophy at Ohio State University.
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Title:Artworld MetaphysicsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pagesPublished:June 5, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199587426

ISBN - 13:9780199587421

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments1. Introduction: Artworld Data and Aesthetic Theory2. Stepping Out: Playback and Inversion3. Why Does Jazz Matter to Aesthetic Theory?4. Emotions in the Music5. Interpretation and the Ontology of Art6. Pluralism and Understanding7. Objectivity, OntologyPostscript: Language, Speaker, Artist

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"If you love to explore how you might go about answering philosophical questions, this book is for you...There is much that I admired in this book." --Robert Stecker, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews