Explanation and Value in the Arts

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-06-10
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Explanation and Value in the Arts offers penetrating studies by art historians, literary theorists, and philosophers, of issues central to explaining works of literature and painting. The first chapters look at the sources of interest in the fine arts and point to the intimate relation between aesthetic and other values. The next contributions develop the interaction between value and explanation in the study of the arts, including considerations of the nature of creativity and the principles for the explanations of works. A final section takes up questions of the role of ideology and the determining role of power.

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Editor's acknowledgements
Interests, values and explanations
Fiction and reality in painting
Franz Kafka: the necessity for a philosophical interpretation of his work
On relocating ethical criticism
Explanation and value: what makes the visual arts so different, so appealing?
Is art history?
Objectivity and valuation in contemporary art history
Fullness and parsimony: notes on creativity in the arts
Principles of a sociology of cultural works
Althusser and ideological criticism of the arts
Film, rhetoric, and ideology
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