From Library Journal
Illuminating the entwined histories of Western thought and art from Socrates and Aristophanes to Warhol, the nine essays collected here explicate the development of Danto's aesthetic theory since the well-received publication of The Transfiguration of the Commonplace (Harvard Univ. Pr., 1981). A fluent writer and cogent theoretician, Danto argues that given the contemporary state of the art worldno longer in need of constant revolution and consequently "post-historical"a philosophy of the history of art is now in order. Each of his essays was originally composed for a particular professional or scholarly audience, and some have appeared in scholarly journals, but together they provide a coherent treatise both accessible to critically aware general readers and of value to students and scholars in the fields of philosophy and art. Francisca Goldsmith, M.L.S., IFCorp., Piedmont, Cal.
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"[Danto is] a fluent writer and cogent theoretician... A coherent treatise both accessible to critically aware general readers and of value to students and scholars of philosophy and art." -- Library Journal
"Danto's view is an important corrective to naive formalism as well as to the recent 'institutional analysis of art'.... The magnitude of the issues Mr. Danto's book raises is a mark of the book's importance." -- The New York Times Book Review
"Danto's critical pieces -- witty and urbane essays -- are uniformly a joy to read." -- The Journal of Philosophy