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What Art Is

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Summary

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  • Full Title: What Art Is: The Esthetic Theory of Ayn Rand
  • Author(s): Louis Torres and Michelle Marder Kamhi
  • Year Published: 2000
  • Publisher: Open Court
  • Publication Type: Academic
  • ISBN-10: 0-8126-9372-8 (hardcover), 0-8126-9373-6 (paperback)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8126-9372-0 (hardcover), 978-0-8126-9373-7 (paperback)
  • Description: The authors, former editors of the arts journal Aristos, analyze and apply Rand's theory of art. They are generally sympathetic to Rand's views, although they have some criticisms.

Contents

Part I: Ayn Rand's Philosophy of Art

  1. "The Psycho-Epistemology of Art"
  2. "Philosophy and Sense of Life"
  3. "Art and Sense of Life"
  4. "Art and Cognition"
  5. Music and Cognition
  6. The Definition of Art
  7. Scientific Support for Rand's Theory

Part II: Extension and Application of Rand's Theory

  1. The Myth of "Abstract Art"
  2. Photography: An Invented "Art"
  3. Architecture: "Art" or "Design"
  4. Decorative Art and Craft
  5. Avant-Garde Music and Dance
  6. The Literary Arts and Film
  7. Postmodernism in the "Visual Arts"
  8. Public Implications

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