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Learning to Look: Dispatches from the Art World

Alva Noë


This book presents a collection of short, stimulating essays that explore how we experience art and what it means to be an “observer.” Ranging far and wide, from Pina Bausch to RoboCop, from Bob Dylan to Vermeer, it uses encounters with specific artworks to gain entry into a world of fascinating issues—like how philosophy and science are represented in film; what evolutionary biology says about art; or the role of ethics, fakes, and copies in our experience of a work. Each essay arises out of an art encounter—in a museum, listening to records, or going to a concert. Carefully articulating the ... More

Keywords: art, art encounters, artworks, philosophy, evolutionary biology, ethics, fake art, art copies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2022 Print ISBN-13: 9780190928216
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190928216.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alva Noë, author
Professor of Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley

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