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Beauty and the End of Art: Wittgenstein, Plurality and Perception

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2018.02.22 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Sonia Sedivy, Beauty and the End of Art: Wittgenstein, Plurality and Perception, Bloomsbury, 2016, 256 pp., $39.95 (pbk), ISBN 9781350076631. Reviewed by Danièle Moyal-Sharrock, University of Hertfordshire As the title and subtitle suggest, there are many themes addressed in this book, perhaps too many. Certainly, too many for me to do justice to the multifarious strands they generate. Sonia Sedivy's aim is to find a new intersection in the relationships between art, aesthetic properties, beauty, perception, Wittgensteinian realism and Kant's aesthetics. She looks for a way in which beauty might speak to a sense of ending in Western art without that implying that art is stopping, but rather that it is completely open. The book concludes with the proposal that beauty is the value of perceptual engagement, of the world's inseparable perceptible presence to us, and that this core value in human life may be. . .

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