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The Appeal of Art in Modernity

Michael Symonds



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CRC Press Inc
09 December 2019
The Arts: General & Reference; Philosophy: aesthetics; Social theory
This book explores the place of art in the modern world, but instead of asking what art is, it begins with the question of art's appeal in modernity. Why is the appellation 'art' so desired for movies, food, and fashion, for example? Why is there the assumption of esteem when someone calls themselves an 'artist'? On the other hand, why is modern art so often seen as, at best, difficult and, at worst, not, in fact, art? Engaging with a broad range of theory, the author draws on the thought of Max Weber to offer an account of art's widespread appeal in terms of its constituting a self-contained value-sphere of meaning, which provides a feeling of tremendous salvation from the senseless routines of modern life. In this way, major theories on aesthetics in philosophy and sociology - including those of Kant, Hegel, Adorno and Bourdieu - are critically recast and incorporated into an overall explanation, and fundamental questions concerning the relation of art to politics and ethics are given innovative answers. A fresh examination of the development of the aesthetic sphere that shows how art came to be regarded as one of the last bastions of freedom and the highest human achievement, and, also, how it became increasingly isolated from the rest of society, The Appeal of Art in Modernity will appeal to scholars of philosophy, social theory, and sociology with interests in art, modernity, and Weber.
By:   Michael Symonds
Imprint:   CRC Press Inc
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   513g
ISBN:   9780815377689
ISBN 10:   0815377681
Series:   Classical and Contemporary Social Theory
Pages:   184
Publication Date:   09 December 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Michael Symonds is Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Sociology in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts, Western Sydney University, Australia. He is the author of Max Weber's Theory of Modernity and the co-author of Home, Displacement, Belonging.

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