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ARTHUR C. DANTO. The Transfiguration of the Commonplace. IN THE PRESENT STATE of the artworld, it is possible that a painting be exhibited which is. The Transfiguration of the Commonplace. Author(s): Arthur C. Danto. Source: The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Vol. 33, No. 2 (Winter, ), pp. The Transfiguration of the Commonplace has ratings and 20 reviews. Arthur C. Danto argues that recent developments in the art world, in particular the .

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The Transfiguration of the Commonplace — Arthur C. Danto | Harvard University Press

I love this book! In the course of constructing such a theory, he seeks to demonstrate the relationship between philosophy and art, as well as the connections that hold between art and social institutions and art history. In the course of constructing such a theory, tdansfiguration seeks to demonstrate the relationship between philosophy and art, as well as the connections that hold between art and social institutions and art history.

His approach throughout the book is to compare artworks with what he calls mere real things, when both are indiscernibly alike.

Other editions – View all The transfiguration of the commonplace: Danto is asking an interesting question transfiburation Transfiguration of the Commonplace: He brings abstractions about art down-to-earth using real or hypothetical examples. Jul 20, Dec Lloyd rated it liked it. Lists with This Book.

The structure of the artwork is thus very close to the structure of a metaphor. History of Western Philosophy. These examples nicely make the point that an art work is what it is because of the traditions surrounding it, what the world was like around it, all this knowledge building to our attitude toward it.


The Transfiguration of the Commonplace: A Philosophy of Art

We note a general Wittgensteinian family resemblance between the class of art objects, but what is the defining feature?

I had an Aesthetics course this semester past, and though this text mis-translates a Borges story, it still manages to be very good. Published March 15th by Harvard University Press first published While some of his contemporary examples humorous and relevant are dated, heavily using s and s pop dato and artworld commentary and examples A wealth of examples, drawn especially from recent and contemporary art, illuminate the argument.

Reading Danto was made especially interesting by having read The Sovereignty of Art by Christoph Menke not long before. He is also that rare thing–a philosopher who gives examples!

Danto has been criticized for his belief in duality, underlined by the Christian or Catholic figure of transfiguration, and reiterated throughout the book in his references to the body and the soul. Metaphor Expression and Fanto. Gaining entrance to the art world demands socialization into its form of life, into a new language. Aesthetic Dualism and the Transfiguration of the Commonplace.

Ted Morgan rated it it was amazing Jan commonplacee, His interests span thought, feeling, philosophy of art, theories of representation, philosophical psychology, Hegel’s aesthetics, and the philosophers Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Arthur Schopenhauer. The book distinguishes what belongs to artistic theory from what has traditionally been confused with it, pf aesthetic theory and offers as well a systematic account of metaphor, expression, and style, together with an original account of artistic representation.


Review of ‘Danto: Transfiguration of the commonplace’ by Stefan Beyst

Tiziana Andina – – Rivista di Estetica I need a dictionary and a notebook for this one but Danto articulates and defends his philosophy of art very concisely. These same works, however, could encourage sexist rigidity in any reader fixated on its content. One of the essential statements in Transfiguration is to the effect that one must know that something is art before you can respond to it as od.

Moreover, to a unique form of life, the only one that allows and perhaps encourages semantic deferral. There are definitely more difficult parts but I found it a lot more readable than most contemporary philosophy.

The two classes of things, as he argues, belong to different ontological realms, hence, the title of his book.

Nobody relates to the word as to the thing to which it refers: In order for the viewer to grasp the artistic intention behind the art work, the viewer must know or come to understand dantto meanings that the artist infused into the work. And it is the great value of such disciplines as the history of art and literature to make such works approachable again.