Art Rethought: The Social Practices of Art

2016.05.07 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Nicholas Wolterstorff, Art Rethought: The Social Practices of Art, Oxford University Press, 2015, 331pp., $50.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2016.05.07 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Nicholas Wolterstorff, Art Rethought: The Social Practices of Art, Oxford University Press, 2015, 331pp., $50.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198747758. Reviewed by Carolyn Korsmeyer, University at Buffalo Philosophers of art have usually drawn their examples from the established fine arts such as painting, poetry, or music. Many recent theorists have expanded that repertoire to include popular arts such as television and movies as well. Nicholas Wolterstorff goes even further by redirecting our attention away from the fine arts altogether. Art Rethought begins with a critique of approaches to philosophy of art that have prevailed since the modern period, proceeds to a carefully outlined theory of art as social practice, and then demonstrates that theory with a set of examples that usually fly under the radar of philosophical attention: memorials, objects of veneration, social protest art, and work songs. The last. . .

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