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Philosophical problems in contemporary art criticism: objectivism, poststructuralism, and the axiom of authorship

Barrowman, Kyle 2017. Philosophical problems in contemporary art criticism: objectivism, poststructuralism, and the axiom of authorship. The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 17 (2) , pp. 153-200.

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Abstract

This article argues that, propaedeutic to the construction of an Objectivist aesthetics, scholars must refute the irrational/immoral philosophical premises that have been destroying the philosophy of art. Due to the troubling combination of its contemporaneity, extremism, and considerable influence, poststructuralism, which, since the 1960s, has served as the default philosophical foundation for philosophers of art, is the target of this article. This article contends that the road to an Objectivist aesthetics must first be cleared of philosophical debris like poststructuralism before we can hope to go back to the world of art.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Publisher: Penn State University Press
ISSN: 1526-1018
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 6 December 2017
Date of Acceptance: 15 May 2017
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2021 17:46
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/107380

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