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What art is : the esthetic theory of Ayn Rand

What art is : the esthetic theory of Ayn Rand

Author: Louis Torres; Michelle Marder Kamhi
Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : Open Court, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
The co-editors of the "scholarly but gutsy little periodical" Aristos present and support the less well-known position of philosopher-novelist Rand (1905-82) in debunking what passes for modern/postmodern art. Appends a list of alleged new forms of art and artworld buzz words. A third of the book consists of notes and references. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Torres, Louis, 1938-
What art is.
Chicago, Ill. : Open Court, ©2000
Named Person: Ayn Rand; Ayn Rand; Ayn Rand; Ayn Rand; Ayn Rand
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Louis Torres; Michelle Marder Kamhi
ISBN: 0812693728 9780812693720 0812693736 9780812693737
OCLC Number: 43787446
Description: xvi, 523 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Traditional Meanings of the Term "Art" --
What the Ordinary Person Thinks --
The Ubiquitous Question: "But Is It Art?" --
The Experts Speak --
Need for a Valid Theory and Definition of Art --
Ayn Rand's Theory of Art --
The Status of Rand Studies --
Overview of the Present Study --
Ayn Rand's Philosophy of Art --
"The Psycho-Epistemology of Art" --
The Purpose of Art --
Metaphysical Value-Judgments --
Rand's Definition of Art --
The Cognitive Function of Art --
The Creative Process --
Art, Religion, and Philosophy --
Art and Ethics --
Romanticism and Naturalism --
"Efficacy of Consciousness" --
"Philosophy and Sense of Life" --
Emotional Abstraction --
Philosophy and Sense of Life --
Sense of Life and Character --
Sense of Life in Love and Art --
"Art and Sense of Life" --
Emotion and "Expression" in Art --
"Communication" in Art --
The Significance of Artistic Selectivity --
The Response to Art --
Subject and Meaning in Art --
Style --
Esthetic Judgment --
"Art and Cognition" --
Literature --
Painting and Sculpture --
The Performing Arts --
The Art of Film --
The Arts and Cognition --
"Modern Art" --
Music and Cognition --
Music and Emotion --
Music and Sense of Life --
Rand's Mistaken Hypothesis --
The Importance of Melody --
The Composer's Viewpoint --
Music as a "Re-Creation of Reality" --
The Symphony Orchestra --
Avant-Garde "Music" --
The Definition of Art --
Anti-Essentialism in Contemporary Philosophy --
The "Institutional" Definition of Art --
The Rules of Definition --
Rand's Definition of Art.
Responsibility: Louis Torres & Michelle Marder Kamhi.


As an alternative to the view that everything from "abstract art" and "performance art" to "hyperfiction" and "chance music" can be considered art, this text explores the philosophy of art of the  Read more...


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