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In Defense of Humanism : Value in the Arts and Letters - Richard A. Etlin

In Defense of Humanism

Value in the Arts and Letters

Paperback Published: 3rd August 1998
ISBN: 9780521476720
Number Of Pages: 336

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"In Defense of Humanism: Value in the Arts and Letters" is a response to the critique of traditional humanism, and particularly its cultural dimension, which has been at the heart of intellectual discourse for the past decade. In simple, clear language, Richard Etlin articulates the nature of aesthetic experience through analysis of works in a wide variety of media, including painting, sculpture, architecture, drawing, literature, and dance. Establishing categories for determining value in the arts and letters, Etlin also explores the operations of the creative process in a discussion of artistic genius. He reaffirms the transcendent moral and enduring qualities in great works of art. Etlin offers, moreover, a critique of the fundamental premises of the post-structuralist thinkers, including Jacques Derrida, Stanley Fish, Hayden White, Pierre Bourdieu, and Edward W. Said, whose work is placed within the context of modern intellectual history.

"This book is marked by a refreshing clarity of style and a remarkably wide range of reference." Choice "In Defense of Humanism is a cool, clear breeze blowing some fairly foul-smelling fog from the corridors of the academy. In scholarly fields marked by obscurity, conformity, and eagerness not to offend, Etlin is willing to walk straight in, speak plainly, and raise the right issues. This is a wonderfully offensive book." Denis Dutton, Philosophy and Literature

Defining value
Aesthetic value
Creativity and Genius
Defending value
Pascal's reason
Nietzsche's error
Postscript: the parameters of culture
Index
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ISBN: 9780521476720
ISBN-10: 0521476720
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 3rd August 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.3 x 17.7  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.54