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Art in the Social Order
The Making of the Modern Conception of Art
Art in the Social Order
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Preben Mortensen - Author
Price: $51.50 
Hardcover - 213 pages
Release Date: March 1997
ISBN10: 0-7914-3277-7
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-3277-8

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Paperback - 213 pages
Release Date: March 1997
ISBN10: 0-7914-3278-5
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-3278-5

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Seeks to replace the dominant approaches to the question of the nature of art in contemporary English-speaking (analytic) philosophy with a historicist approach that emphasizes localized, cultural-historical narratives.

"Mortensen's work makes a compelling case for the need to develop a properly historical approach to art. He also argues persuasively that although many philosophers have come to recognize this need, the proposed theories have yet to meet it. The historical chapters in Mortensen's study clearly reveal the particular social underpinnings of many recent aesthetic theories. In addition, Mortensen's historicist approach allows him to call seriously into question certain received notions, such as the idea that distinctions between high and low culture emerge only in the twentieth century. In short, Mortensen clearly situates his argument in relation to ongoing debates about the nature of art. He demonstrates clearly that his proposed alternative has definite payoffs." -- Mette Hjort, McGill University

"The best thing about this book in my eyes is its historical investigation of a philosophical issue (the nature of art). I believe that this represents the only path to progress in the field of aesthetics; Preben Mortensen's work will be a real contribution to this field." -- Paul Mattick, Adelphi University

Art in the Social Order makes a compelling case for the need to develop a properly historical approach to art. Preben Mortensen seeks to replace the dominant approaches to the question of the nature of art in contemporary English-speaking (analytic) philosophy with a historicist approach that emphasizes localized, cultural-historical narratives.

For the first time, a historical examination of the origin of our ideas of art are related to questions in contemporary art theory. Mortensen shows that our conception of art emerged in the eighteenth century as part of new ideas of edification and of the presentation of the self. He examines the complex social and cultural context in which our ideas of art emerge in the eighteenth century. In a context of social, political, and cultural changes, knowledge about art and the display of taste come to indicate social distinctions and replace older notions of birth and rank. Mortensen connects these historical developments to contemporary discussions about the relationship between high art and popular art.


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: The Modern Conception of Art

Part One

1. The Quest for the Essence of Art

2. Wittgensteinian Philosophies of Art

3. Art as History and Theory

4. The Histories of Philosophy

5. Conceptions of History

Part Two

6. Art and Science

7. New Discoursive Practices

8. Art, Manners, and the Presentation of the Self

9. Standards of Taste

10. Shaftesbury and the Morality of Art Appreciation

11. The Reformation of Manners

12. Politeness

13. Hutcheson and the Problem of Conspicuous Consumption

14. From the Morality to the Autonomy of Art

15. Art, Autonomy, and Ideology

Notes

References

Index


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