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Art and Authority: Moral Rights and Meaning in Contemporary Visual Art

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2018.06.19 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews K. E. Gover, Art and Authority: Moral Rights and Meaning in Contemporary Visual Art, Oxford University Press, 2018, 224 pp., $55.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198768692. Reviewed by Iskra Fileva, University of Colorado, Boulder We sometimes say or do things that we do not endorse upon reflection: "I was having a bad day and lost my temper", or, "I was too tired to think clearly." The importance of this point is widely recognized in ethics, though what precisely we should make of it is a matter of ongoing debate. Can we hold people accountable for deeds they renounce or do not identify with? And if a person feels alienated from an action, can we nonetheless identify her with that action? Interestingly, there has been little or no discussion of the importance of second-order endorsement in the process of art-making. Much as we may say or do things that we... Read More

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