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Art and philosophy Rivals or partners?


Negrin, L, Art and philosophy Rivals or partners?, Philosophy and social criticism, 31, (7) pp. 801-822. ISSN 0191-4537 (2005) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/0191453705057304


Ever since the time of Hegel, there has been a growing philosophization of art in which artists increasingly make works where visual/formal concerns are supplanted by philosophical questions concerning the definition of art itself.

At the same time, however, an equally vociferous defence of art against its subsumption by philosophy has been made by theorists such as Nietzsche, Sontag and Barthes who have sought to rescue the sensuous immediacy of art from the abstractness of philosophical thought by advocating a more spontaneous and less rationalistic response to works of art.

While it may seem paradoxical that two such diametrically opposing conceptualizations of the relation between art and philosophy should coexist, it is argued that they are in fact two sides of the one coin and reflect the fundamentally contradictory nature of the project of art in modernity. Furthermore, both conceptualizations are one-sided insofar as they fail to grasp the essentially antinomous nature of the relationship between the two in which art is inescapably dependent upon philosophy at the same time as it is irreducible to it.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:aesthetics, Roland Barthes, Arthur Danto, end of art, Georg Friedrich Hegel, Friedrich Nietzsche, philosophy, sensuousness of art, Susan Sontag
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Philosophy
Research Field:Aesthetics
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:The creative arts
UTAS Author:Negrin, L (Dr Llewellyn Negrin)
ID Code:37723
Year Published:2005
Deposited By:Art (Hobart)
Deposited On:2005-08-01
Last Modified:2012-11-27
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