Doing Aesthetics With Arendt: How to See Things

2016.11.04 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Cecilia Sjöholm, Doing Aesthetics With Arendt: How to See Things, Columbia University Press, 2015, 219pp., $55.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2016.11.04 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Cecilia Sjöholm, Doing Aesthetics With Arendt: How to See Things, Columbia University Press, 2015, 219pp., $55.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780231173087. Reviewed by Casey Haskins, Purchase College Cecilia Sjölholm aims "to trace a coherent line in Arendt's considerations of art and aesthetics in and through the scattered remarks on aesthetic experience and art in her published works, notes, and letters, and . . . to make her thoughts relevant for us today." (ix) Both goals are challenging, given that Arendt never produced an aesthetic theory of her own. She had little interest in current developments in aesthetic theorizing or in the late twentieth-century art world, which by the sixties was well into the early phase of postmodernism. Her theoretical reading in aesthetics went little further than Kant's Critique of Judgment, and the conceptual roots of her high-modernist vision of culture lay more in the eighteenth. . .

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