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Techne Theory: A New Language for Art

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2019.09.12 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Henry Staten, Techne Theory: A New Language for Art, Bloomsbury, 2019, 199pp., $26.95 (pbk), ISBN 9781472592903. Reviewed by Alan H. Goldman, College of William & Mary This is a book about creativity in the arts. Its thesis is opposed to the Romantic view of the artist as a lone genius who creates completely original works in flashes of inspired insight from the depths of his soul or deeply personal emotion. For the Romantic, the true genius's work will violate all past conventions and practices in embodying a radically new concept. She creates this work in a moment of divine-like inspiration ex nihilo. For Henry Staten, by contrast, there is no sharp line to be drawn between art and craft, as the artist, like the highly skilled craftsman, draws on a tradition of practical know-how built over long periods in domains within a culture. Implied in this tradition... Read More

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