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The Principles of Art (Galaxy Books) [Paperback]

Robin George Collingwood , R. G. Collingwood
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1 Dec 1958 Galaxy Books (Book 11)
This treatise on aesthetics begins by showing that the word art is used as a name not only for art proper but also for certain things which are art falsely so called. These are craft or skill, magic, and amusement, each of which, by confusion with art proper, generates a false aesthetic theory. In the course of attacking these theories the author criticizes various psychological theories of art, offers a new theory of magic, and reinterprets Plato's so-called attack on art, showing that it has been entirely misunderstood. Finally, he draws important inferences concerning the position of art in human society.

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  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; New Ed edition (1 Dec 1958)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195002091
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195002096
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 459,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Collingwood is as insightful as ever; his observations and arguments have lost no validity since Principles was published."--Philip Chandler, College of St. Thomas More"Without being pedantic, Collingwood is factual and precise; both his structure and facade are built up of thousands of details, and the whole forms an integrity, a synthesis, the product of an ordered mind which puts everything in its place."--John Cournos, The New York Times

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The late R.G. Collingwood was Waynflete Professor of Metaphysical Philosophy at Oxford University.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this 8 April 2014
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Its not the book, just the beginnings of chapters in a pamphlet - complete con! Just 18 pages and no biographical introduction!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Word of Caution 15 Feb 2014
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I thought it was worth mentioning, since I'm not seeing anything on the page except the page count, which isn't something I ordinarily think to compare. This particular edition is not the entirety of Collingwood's Principles of Art, but rather some sort of severely abridged version. As far as I can tell, it is a sufficient summary of everything he covers in the actual book, but if you're wanting the full text, check out one of the other options available to you.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Please don't bother! 21 Sep 2013
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I'm afraid to say that I've not read a weaker theorisation about the nature of art since reading Tolstoy's 'What is Art?'. Collingwood says in the introduction that there are two typical problems with answers to this question - there are authors who know art when they see it, but can't theorise cogently about it; or authors who can theorise cogently, but don't actually know what they are talking about. Collingwood seems to be a rare example of both...

So here we are: "What the artist is trying to do is to express a given emotion... A bad work of art is an activity in which the agent tries to express a given emotion, but fails. [p282]... Every utterance and every gesture that each one of us makes is a work of art. [p.285]" To arrive at such a vacuous conclusion after nearly 300 pages sure should have been a warning sign to the author that they'd lost the plot somewhere along the line.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes it's worth the effort 31 May 2010
this work has been around since the 30's but that just underscores the lasting value of the work - true it's not a coffee table book but the insight into the process is invaluable - i first read it in the 1980's and have revisited many times - more than anything else it helps the artist to stay focused
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book. 16 Nov 1998
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Excellent and tasteful critiques. That's what I got browsing through this book while standing in the back of a major Amazon competitor's store.
When I bought the book and read it, phew.
This is the kind of "highbrow" book that laymen (sorry, not pc) would enjoy.
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