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AuthorSchwartz, David T. author
TitleArt, Education, and the Democratic Commitment [electronic resource] : A Defence of State Support for the Arts / by David T. Schwartz
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 2000
Connect tohttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-015-9444-8
Descript XI, 181 p. online resource

SUMMARY

In reflecting on this book and the process of writing it, the most pervasive theme I find is that of confluence. I drew much of the energy needed to write the book from the energy that resides at the confluence, or nexus, of contrasting ideas. At the most general level, the topic of arts subsidy offered a means of exploring simultaneously two of my favorite philosophical subjects-aesthetics and politics. The risk of a dual focus is of course that you do neither topic justice. However, the bigger payoff of this strategy resides in finding new and interesting connections between two otherwise disparate topics. Developing such connections between art and politics led directly to many of the book's positive arguments for subsidy. At a deeper level, the book exploits a confluence of contrasting philosophical methodologies. The central problem of the bookยญ politically justifying state support of the arts-is cast in the Angloยญ American tradition of analytical philosophy. Here normative arguments of ethics and politics are scrutinized with an eye toward developing a defensible justification of state action. Yet while the book initially situates the subsidy problem within this analytical tradition, its positive arguments for subsidy draw heavily from the ideas and methods of Continental philosophy. Rather than adjudicating normative claims of ethical and political ttuth, the Continental tradition aims at the hermeneutical task of interpreting and describing sttuctures of human meaning


CONTENT

1 The Tradition of Subsidy: Art and Cultural Perfection -- 2 The Commitment to Democracy -- 3 Empathy, Interpretation, and Judgment: The Case for Art -- 4 The Politics of Subsidy -- 5 Public Policies and Conclusions


Philosophy Fine arts Political science Aesthetics Political philosophy Philosophy Political Philosophy Aesthetics Philosophy general Fine Arts Political Science



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