Selves and Other Texts: The Case for Cultural Realism

Paperback | October 13, 2003

byJoseph Margolis

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Extending his well-known investigations into the nature and logic of art and history in the cultural world, Joseph Margolis here offers a sustained account of how selves and the cultural phenomena they generate (language, history, action, art) can be viewed as just as "real" as the physical nature from which they are emergent, while not being reducible to it. The book starts off with a review of prominent philosophies of art over the past half-century, focusing especially on Beardsley, Goodman, and Danto, so as to highlight the need for carefully distinguishing between the metaphysical and epistemological features of physical nature and human culture. The second part of the book builds on the first part's analyses of artworks to propose a theory of selves as "self-interpreting texts." Selves and Other Texts aims to develop new ways of understanding the conceptual inseparability of our analysis of physical nature and our analysis of ourselves.

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Extending his well-known investigations into the nature and logic of art and history in the cultural world, Joseph Margolis here offers a sustained account of how selves and the cultural phenomena they generate (language, history, action, art) can be viewed as just as "real" as the physical nature from which they are emergent, while no...

Joseph Margolis is Laura H. Carnell Professor of Philosophy at Temple University. His previous books include What, After All, Is a Work of Art? (Penn State Press, 1999).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.97 × 5.94 × 0.6 inPublished:October 13, 2003Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0271023457

ISBN - 13:9780271023458

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“This is a truly thought provoking and surprisingly easily understood text that should be read by not only philosophers, but artists and historians as well.”

—Tim Fife, Design Issues: A Journal of History, Theory, and Criticism