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Art and its Objects 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0521297066
ISBN-10: 0521297060
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'This concise, elegant and wide-ranging book has established itself as an indispensable text.' The London Review of Books --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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What defines a work of art and determines the way in which we respond to it? This classic reflection was written with the belief that the nature of art has to be understood simultaneously from the artist's as well as the spectator's viewpoint.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (September 30, 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521297060
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521297066
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,002,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 24, 2001
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This is a rigorous analysis of the meaning of art. presented by one of the pre-eminent thinkers of our time. It is, as such, a dense work which requires a sustained serious reading. The prior reviewer is correct; while it may seem daunting at first, it is actually thrilling to experience the clarity of the thinking and exposition.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 23, 1999
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An outstanding, conceptually challenging, classic exploration of the ontology of art. It may be daunting at first, but once you become accustomed to the level of abstraction of the text, it is extremely rewarding.
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As it has been pointed out, the book features a rigorous analysis of the concept "art" and develops into a mature and comprehensive overview of the meaning of the word. Wollheim posits forth no normative statements, but relies exclusively on positive facts. It is fascinating how humble, and yet how powerful the final argument is. You will enjoy it, if you are somewhat educated on the question and do not mind analytic traditions.
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9 of 40 people found the following review helpful By D. S. Heersink on August 11, 2001
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I don't know of Wollheim's claim to fame, other than as a graduate student he helped A. J. Ayer in his writings. Be that as it may, this book (and everything Wollheim has written) is so droll and irrelevant to the philosophy of art. I suspect he is trying so hard to be anglo-analytic in his approach that he forgot that art touches the heart as well as the mind. Wollheim focuses entirely on the mind, and the mind games that ensue do little to enlighten one's understanding of art and its objects, what and why they do what they, and why they're important. This book was used in a course I had with Wollheim as a lecturer; both could not have been more boring and banal. The book was widely resold as many students didn't bother to read it, or began to read it and gave up. The consensus was nearly unanimous in irrelevance to the artist especially, and no less irrelevant to the philosophy students.
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