A Theory of Art
This philosophical theory of art, addressed to anyone with a serious interest in the arts, has three main objectives: to shift the focus of aesthetics from the question "What is art?" to the question "What is art for?"; to describe the social and historical situation of art today; and to combine aesthetics with poetics and hermeneutics. A distinctive feature of the book is its argument that music exemplifies the current condition of art in a particularly revealing fashion.
- Hardback | 304 pages
- 164.6 x 241 x 28.7mm | 576.07g
- 16 Dec 1999
- Oxford University Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
What is distinctive is the combination of aesthetics with poetics and hermeneutics and conceiving of music as the key to understanding the situation in the contemporary arts * MIND * Berger writes well, is suggestive and in places, particularly in relation to music and the nature of poetic forms, genuinely illuminating. As a book for generally interested non-specialists it is genuinely engaging and worth reading * MIND *
About Karol Berger
Karol Berger Is Osgood Hooker Professor in Fine Arts at Stanford University. He is the author of numerous studies in the history of music aesthetics and theory, vocal pholyphony from 1400 to 1600, and instrumental music from 1780 to 1850. His Musica Ficta (1987) won the Otto Kinkeldey Award of the American Musicological Society.