Art and Truth after Plato

2014.05.08 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Tom Rockmore, Art and Truth after Plato, University of Chicago Press, 2013, 335pp., $55.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2014.05.08 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Tom Rockmore, Art and Truth after Plato, University of Chicago Press, 2013, 335pp., $55.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780226040028. Reviewed by Gordon Graham, Princeton Theological Seminary The purpose of this book, we are told right at the start, is to address anew 'the old question, often neglected in contemporary aesthetic debates, about art and truth, or art and cognition' (p. 1). This theme, Tom Rockmore says, is 'now rarely examined' because the questions it raises are wrongly supposed to have been answered long ago. That 'long ago' begins with Plato's downgrading of art as a kind of pseudo-philosophy that can never serve as a genuine vehicle of truth. But, Rockmore contends, 'taken as a whole the later Western aesthetic tradition' can be seen to be 'an ongoing effort to formulate a successful anti-Platonic analysis of art and art objects of the most. . .

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