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Art as Experience [Paperback]

John Dewey
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24 Sep 2009
Based on John Dewey's lectures on esthetics, delivered as the first William James Lecturer at Harvard in 1932, Art as Experience has grown to be considered internationally as the most distinguished work ever written by an American on the formal structure and characteristic effects of all the arts: architecture, sculpture, painting, music, and literature.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Books (24 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399531971
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399531972
  • Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 13.4 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Dewey (1859-1952), philosopher, psychologist, and educator, is widely credited as the most influential thinker on education in the twentieth century. He taught philosophy at University of Michigan, Chicago University, and Columbia University.

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BY ONE of the ironic perversities that often attend the course of affairs, the existence of the works of art upon which formation of an esthetic theory depends has become an obstruction to theory about them. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly Dewey's greatest work 15 Dec 2013
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Art as Experience stands alone as one of Dewey's most complex and perplexing works of his later period.

The prose is lucid in parts but dull in others and at times the argument can be difficult to follow.

This is not a work to be studied thoroughly and then put back on the bookshelf; rather it is a work to be visited and re-visited like a well spring of ideas.

I still haven't got through the whole text, nor do I expect to any time soon. That said, it is deep, insightful, and frustrating.

Recommended to those with a good understanding of pragmatism and Dewey's work and ethos. Also worth reading in this vein are the works of Tom Alexander: he does a great job of explicating and indeed elaborating Dewey's views on aesthetics, experience, and action.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good philosophical treatise 19 Feb 2013
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A good view into the philosophy of art. Gives new ideas to the reader.

Would recommend to all artists, and individuals interested in the humanities.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pragmatism for humans 10 Feb 2013
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This is a great book for everybody whether interested in art or just in another way of philosophical thinking. Well written and enjoyable reading.
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A useful book to have for all those involved in arts research of any kind - but particularly fine art
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4.0 out of 5 stars some books need more concentration 18 Aug 2014
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a good book but quite heavy reading.
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