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The murder of art

A historical introduction tot aesthetics


This book traces the history of Western philosophy of art. At the same time, it provides a cross section of philosophy in the West. Each philosopher is introduced with a biographical sketch, which is followed by a discussion of his theory of art.

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The murder of art. It sounds like the title of a thriller. That is exactly what the history of aesthetics is. Western philosophical tradition begins with a condemnation of art. The Greek philosopher Plato banished artists and poets from his ideal society. All they could produce were false shadow images.

In contrast, from the eighteenth century onwards, art was also glorified by numerous thinkers. According to the Romantics, art was the bearer of a truth that escaped the concepts of philosophy.

The murder of art, or the glorification of art. In both cases, art functioned as a challenge to philosophy. This book traces the history of aesthetics. At the same time, it provides a cross section of the history of philosophy.

Dit boek verscheen eerder in het Nederlands als De moord op de kunst . Een historische inleiding tot de kunstfilosofie


Thomas Crombez

Thomas Crombez (1978) is docent aan de Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten (Antwerpen), aan Sint Lucas Antwerpen, en aan de Universiteit Antwerpen. Hij doceert kunstfilosofie, theatergeschiedenis en geschiedenis van de grafische vormgeving.