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In Defense of Humanism: Value in the Arts and Letters is a response to the critique of traditional humanism. 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, reaffirming the transcendent moral and enduring qualities in great works of art.Read more
- Offers a clear but detailed explanation of aesthetic categories and aesthetic experience
- Offers a clear explanation of the fundamental errors of major post-structuralist thinkers
- Explains the reasons behind the current crisis in the arts and letters
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"This book is marked by a refreshing clarity of style and a remarkably wide range of reference." ChoiceSee more reviews
"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
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- Date Published: February 1998
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521476720
- length: 336 pages
- dimensions: 254 x 179 x 23 mm
- weight: 0.725kg
- contains: 48 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. Defining value:
1. Aesthetic value
2. Creativity and Genius
Part II. Defending value:
3. Pascal's reason
4. Nietzsche's error
Postscript: the parameters of culture
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