History and the Philosophy of Art

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Abstract

In this essay I trace the role of history in the philosophy of art from the early twentieth century to the present, beginning with the rejection of history by formalists like Clive Bell. I then attempt to show how the arguments of people like Morris Weitz and Arthur Danto led to a re-appreciation of history by philosophers of art such as Richard Wollheim, Jerrold Levinson, Robert Stecker and others.

History and the Philosophy of Art

in Journal of the Philosophy of History

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Clive BellArt (London: Chatto and Windus1914).

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R.G. CollingwoodPrinciples of Art (Oxford: The Clarendon Press1938).

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Morris Weitz“The Role of Theory in Aesthetics,” in The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticismvolume 15 (1956) pp. 27–35.

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Maurice Mandelbaum“Family Resemblances and Generalizations Concerning the Arts,” in The Philosophy of Art: Readings Ancient and Modernedited by Alex Neill and Aaron Ridley (New York: McGraw Hill Publishers 1995) pp. 193–201.

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Arthur Danto“The Artworld,” in The Philosophy of Art: Readings Ancient and Modernedited by Alex Neill and Aaron Ridley (New York: McGraw Hill 1995) p. 209.

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Jerrold Levinson“Defining Art Historically,” British Journal of Aesthericsvolume 19 (1979) pp. 232–250.

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Robert SteckerArtworks (Uninversity Park, Pa.: Pennsylvania University Press1997).

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Wollheim pp. 104–105.

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Wollheim p. 143.

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Wollheim pp. 145–146.

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