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A Theory of Art

Karol Berger


What, if anything, has art to do with the rest of our lives, and in particular with those ethical and political issues that matter to us most? This book shifts the focus of inquiry from the usual question of what art is, to the question of what the function of art should be if art is to have a value for us. It examines the role of art in the overall economy of our ethical lives and compares the uses of art with those of history, philosophy, and religion. Instead of the usual focus on either poetry or painting, musical modernity represents the central features and dilemmas of the social and his ... More

Keywords: art, music, literature, painting, modernity, abstraction, poetics, hermeneutics, diegesis, mimesis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780195128604
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006 DOI:10.1093/0195128605.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karol Berger, author
Stanford University
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