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Philosophers on Art from Kant to the Postmodernists A Critical Reader by Christopher Kul-Want

Philosophers on Art from Kant to the Postmodernists A Critical Reader


Philosophers on Art from Kant to the Postmodernists A Critical Reader by Christopher Kul-Want

Here, for the first time, Christopher Kul-Want brings together twenty-five texts on art written by twenty philosophers. Covering the Enlightenment to postmodernism, these essays draw on Continental philosophy and aesthetics, the Marxist intellectual tradition, and psychoanalytic theory, and each is accompanied by an overview and interpretation. The volume features Martin Heidegger on Van Gogh's shoes and the meaning of the Greek temple; Georges Bataille on Salvador Dali's The Lugubrious Game; Theodor W. Adorno on capitalism and collage; Walter Benjamin and Roland Barthes on the uncanny nature of photography; Sigmund Freud on Leonardo Da Vinci and his interpreters; Jacques Lacan and Julia Kristeva on the paintings of Holbein; Freud's postmodern critic, Gilles Deleuze on the visceral paintings of Francis Bacon; and Giorgio Agamben on the twin traditions of the Duchampian ready-made and Pop Art. Kul-Want elucidates these texts with essays on aesthetics, from Hegel and Nietzsche to Badiou and Ranciere, demonstrating how philosophy adopted a new orientation toward aesthetic experience and subjectivity in the wake of Kant's powerful legacy.

About the Author

Christopher Kul-Want is director of the M.A. fine art course at the Byam Shaw School of Art, Central St. Martin's College of Art and Design, University of the Arts, London. His books include Introducing Kant and Introducing Aesthetics.

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Publication date

7th May 2010


Christopher Kul-Want

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Columbia University Press


376 pages


Philosophy: aesthetics
History of art / art & design styles



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