Pubblicata nel 1934, Arte come esperienza costituisce uno dei maggiori contributi della cultura angloamericana all'estetica del Novecento. In essa Dewey non si limita a elaborare una filosofia dell'arte come disciplina specialistica, bensì fa emergere un nuovo paradigma per l'esperienza in generale individuato nell'artisticità. Ne discende una concezione contraria a ogni isolamento dell'arte, e anzi attenta a cogliere e vagliare criticamente le sue fitte relazioni, sia con le realtà psicologiche degli individui, sia con le realtà sociali e culturali che le alimentano. Talché Dewey mette nitidamente a fuoco i cruciali motivi di crisi della cultura contemporanea, delineando l'impalcatura di un'antropologia nutrita dai frutti delle rivoluzioni artistiche primo-novecentesche. La presente edizione italiana, magistralmente curata da Giovanni Matteucci, condotta secondo criteri rigorosi, restituisce il procedere articolato della scrittura deweyana, e si avvale di esaustivi apparati critici e bibliografici che integrano l'edizione inglese più recente.
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Are there times in your life that are dull and dreary, a mechanical, mindless shuffling from one tedious task to another? According to American philosopher John Dewey (1859-1952), such moments in anybody’s life lack aesthetic quality. He writes in Art as Experience , “The enemies of the aesthetic are Leggi tutto
Some labyrinths are worth descending into just to get a glimpse of the Minotaur, even if you can't yet defeat him. Art as Experience is one of those. It will require several more descents to get the clearest picture of the Minotaur and more familiarization with the territory in order to be able to f Leggi tutto
this is a later later later addition: in just reading deleuze, there is the idea that 'art' of any sort is not necessarily the uncovering of 'truth', as in heidegger, that this revealing is neither cause nor effect, but rather sort of 'side-effect', something essential to the project, yet not a goal Leggi tutto
Why, in all my courses on aesthetics and art history, have I not been assigned this? Might it be because Dewey takes down Kant and his continental successors with a little common sense and a few grammatically legible sentences? Well, it sure doesn't hurt. I say, "legible," but that doesn't mean the
The greatest book written by an American in the 20th Century. It's not just about aesthetics. He claims, in an even harder book to read, (I know, I know, but its worth the effort) Experience and Nature, that experience itself exhibits aesthetic characteristics (rhythm, flow, spatial and temporal rel Leggi tutto
Perhaps this is anachronistic in our current mash-up culture (or maybe it isn't?), but I think writers should do some reading in aesthetic theory. Dewey's book, originally delivered as a series of lectures in 1932, is one I'd recommend, either to argue with or from which to seek inspiration. I first Leggi tutto
Every page is brilliance--seriously, I am not exaggerating. Dewey's insights and thoughts are as refreshing and relevant to us today as when the lecture was presented at Harvard (1932). As I read through the first few chapters, I found myself copying pages of each chapter to use in my classroom. He
This is the most dense book I've read so far. Every page on this book provides rich perspectives on what we perceive as art, aesthetics and experience - each of them calling for a sound discussion. I particularly enjoyed the sections where Dewey defines what an experience is and at the end goes onto Leggi tutto
Dewey nicely ties art to everyday life. But he muddies evolution with a desire for integration, adopting a soft teleology with art as intended source of fulfillment.
Below is a very glowing review. It's hard for me to recommend this book more. This review is fairly overwrought, because this book has given me some incredible insights, and it's made a big impact on how I see the world. It may be better for you to just stop reading, buy a copy, and struggle through Leggi tutto
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