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Art as Human Practice: An Aesthetics

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2019.08.13 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Georg W. Bertram, Art as Human Practice: An Aesthetics, Nathan Ross (tr.), Bloomsbury, 2019, 240pp., $26.95 (pbk), ISBN 9781350063150. Reviewed by Sandra Shapshay, Hunter College-CUNY How much does art really matter to human life? To paraphrase Auden on poetry, perhaps art doesn't make anything happen (at least in politics, in human material conditions, and with respect to weather), and its value consists primarily in being a pleasurable diversion, offering, say, an enjoyable stroll through the museum or an entertaining night out at the theater? Or perhaps art matters a great deal more to the business of living a human life, more akin to religion, science and (for those who go in for it) philosophy? Georg Bertram's book is ambitious and aims to support this latter view of the way art matters. In this aim, one could see the book as belonging to the tradition of cognitivist/ethical... Read More

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