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The Transfiguration of the Commonplace

A Philosophy of Art

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$28.50 • £21.95 • €25.50

ISBN 9780674903463

Publication: March 1983

Short

224 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

World, subsidiary rights restricted

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Arthur C. Danto argues that recent developments in the art world, in particular the production of works of art that cannot be told from ordinary things, make urgent the need for a new theory of art and make plain the factors such a theory can and cannot involve. 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.

The book distinguishes what belongs to artistic theory from what has traditionally been confused with it, namely aesthetic theory and offers as well a systematic account of metaphor, expression, and style, together with an original account of artistic representation. A wealth of examples, drawn especially from recent and contemporary art, illuminate the argument.