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Anti-Essentialism and Modern Art

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Title: Anti-Essentialism and Modern Art Love without 'Truth'
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Harry, Richard
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2003
Publication Date: 2003

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Anti-Essentialism
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: This thesis explores the ways in which modem art has understood itself as an ahistorical 'mirror' of metaphysical 'Truth'. Contending that art is reflective of 'intrinsic reality' or the 'universal human condition', the first essay examines how artists have viewed their work in terms of this basic essentialist premise. The origins of the notion of the quasi- divine Self can be traced back to a plethora of philosophical sources. Anti-essentialism jeopardizes this epistemological game by demonstrating the depth of contingency in relation to selfhood, language, and morality. Reversing the interpretation presented in chapter one, modern art can also be seen as partially responsible for moving away from the epistemological quest and the metaphysical need for some variant of absolute 'Truth'. This double reading places modem art in a paradoxical position that exposes a dialectical tension in its historical development. These trends are furthered through Duchamp's claim that 'art' is 'idea'; this is in accordance with the philosophical notion that 'Truth' is made rather than found. Contemporary art has ceased to view itself as a metaphysical medium for 'Truth', This thesis suggests that the meaning of art is perpetually dependent upon language and our various ways of speaking about the meaning of painting. Accordingly, I contend that art is best viewed in terms of its moral and emotional connotations.
Statement of Responsibility: by Richard Harry
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2003
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Hassold, Cris

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Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2003 H3
System ID: NCFE003227:00001

Permanent Link: http://ncf.sobek.ufl.edu/NCFE003227/00001

Material Information

Title: Anti-Essentialism and Modern Art Love without 'Truth'
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Harry, Richard
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2003
Publication Date: 2003

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Anti-Essentialism
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: This thesis explores the ways in which modem art has understood itself as an ahistorical 'mirror' of metaphysical 'Truth'. Contending that art is reflective of 'intrinsic reality' or the 'universal human condition', the first essay examines how artists have viewed their work in terms of this basic essentialist premise. The origins of the notion of the quasi- divine Self can be traced back to a plethora of philosophical sources. Anti-essentialism jeopardizes this epistemological game by demonstrating the depth of contingency in relation to selfhood, language, and morality. Reversing the interpretation presented in chapter one, modern art can also be seen as partially responsible for moving away from the epistemological quest and the metaphysical need for some variant of absolute 'Truth'. This double reading places modem art in a paradoxical position that exposes a dialectical tension in its historical development. These trends are furthered through Duchamp's claim that 'art' is 'idea'; this is in accordance with the philosophical notion that 'Truth' is made rather than found. Contemporary art has ceased to view itself as a metaphysical medium for 'Truth', This thesis suggests that the meaning of art is perpetually dependent upon language and our various ways of speaking about the meaning of painting. Accordingly, I contend that art is best viewed in terms of its moral and emotional connotations.
Statement of Responsibility: by Richard Harry
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2003
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Hassold, Cris

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2003 H3
System ID: NCFE003227:00001

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