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Art, Self and Knowledge

Keith Lehrer


Art changes the totality of human experience as Dewey emphasized. Goodman and Heidegger propose that art reveals a special contribution to the world-making experience of the artist and the receivers of the artwork. Art is often representational. It may, as Bell and Fry affirmed, contain significant form giving rise to a special emotion, it may be expressive of human feelings, as Croce and Collingwood averred. It may deconstruct previous artworks, removing them from their frames to assemble something new, as Derrida suggests. Some art does each, and I seek to explain how. But not all art does t ... More

Keywords: art, content, exemplar, expression, form, representation, autonomy, self, truth, consensus

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195304985
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195304985.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Keith Lehrer, author
University of Arizona