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In Defense of Humanism

In Defense of Humanism
Value in the Arts and Letters

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  • Date Published: June 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521476720

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  • This book offers a response to the critique of traditional humanism, and particularly its cultural dimension, that has been at the heart of intellectual discourse of 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, reaffirming 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.

    • 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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    • Date Published: June 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
    Index.

  • Author

    Richard A. Etlin, University of Maryland, College Park

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