The Practice of Persuasion: Paradox and Power in Art History by Keith P.F. MoxeyThe Practice of Persuasion: Paradox and Power in Art History by Keith P.F. Moxey

The Practice of Persuasion: Paradox and Power in Art History

byKeith P.F. Moxey

Paperback | December 4, 2000

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This sequel to The Practice of Theory stresses the continued need for self-reflective awareness in art historical writing. Offering a series of meditations on the discipline of art history in the context of contemporary critical theory, Moxey addresses such central issues as the status of the canon, the nature of aesthetic value, and the character of historical knowledge. The chapters are linked by a common interest in, even fascination with, the paradoxical power of narrative and the identity of the authorial voice. Moxey maintains that art history is a rhetoric of persuasion rather than a discourse of truth. Each chapter in The Practice of Persuasion attempts to demonstrate the paradoxes inherent in a genre that—while committed to representing the past—must inevitably bear the imprint of the present. In Moxey's view, art history as a discipline is often unable to recognize its status as a regime of truth that produces historically determined meanings and so continues to act as if based on a universal aesthetic foundation. His new book should enable art historians to engage with the past in a manner less determined by tradition and more responsive to contemporary values and aspirations.
Title:The Practice of Persuasion: Paradox and Power in Art HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.2 inPublished:December 4, 2000Publisher:CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0801486750

ISBN - 13:9780801486753

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"The Practice of Persuasion provides a great opening for debate, a starting point for the discussion of issues where the argumentation is in flux. Anyone wanting to see why art history is intellectually exciting right now could hardly do better than to read this extremely lucid, mercifully brief, and very important book."—David Carrier, 1999-2000 Getty Scholar