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  • Page extent: 260 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.39 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 700/.1
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: BH39 .K575 1997
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Arts--Philosophy
    • Aesthetics, Modern
    • Arts--Philosophy--History
    • Street children--Services for--Brazil, Northeast

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521598293 | ISBN-10: 052159829X)

Since the beginning of the eighteenth century the philosophy of art has been engaged on the project of trying to find out what the fine arts have in common and, thus, how they might be defined. Peter Kivy's purpose in this accessible and lucid book is to trace the history of that enterprise and argue that the definitional project has been unsuccessful. He offers a fruitful change of strategy: instead of engaging in an obsessive quest for sameness, let us explore the differences between the arts. He presents five case studies, three from literature, two from music. With its combination of historical and analytic approaches this is a book for a wide range of readers in philosophy, literary studies, music, and non-academic readers with interests in the arts.

• Vivid, accessible prose style • No technical knowledge of music needed • Topic of broad interest across the humanities • An author recognised as one of the pre-eminent figures in the philosophy of art. He has published several books including The Fine Art of Repetition with Cambridge


Preface; 1. How We Got Here, and Why; 2. Where we are; 3. Reading and representation; 4. On the unity of form and content; 5. The laboratory of fictional truth; 6. The quest for musical profundity; 7. The liberation of music; Epilogue; Notes; Bibliography.

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