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Description - On Criticism by Noel Carroll

In a recent poll of practicing art critics, 75 percent reported that rendering judgments on artworks was the least significant aspect of their job. This is a troubling statistic for philosopher and critic Noel Carroll, who argues that that the proper task of the critic is not simply to describe, or to uncover hidden meanings or agendas, but instead to determine what is of value in art. Carroll argues for a humanistic conception of criticism which focuses on what the artist has achieved by creating or performing the work. Whilst a good critic should not neglect to contextualize and offer interpretations of a work of art, he argues that too much recent criticism has ignored the fundamental role of the artist's intentions. Including examples from visual, performance and literary arts, and the work of contemporary critics, Carroll provides a charming, erudite and persuasive argument that evaluation of art is an indispensable part of the conversation of life.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415396219
ISBN-10: 0415396212
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 127mm x 18mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 14-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Noel Carroll

Noel Carroll is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is the author of a number of books on aesthetics and philosophy, including The Philosophy of Horror and The Philosophy of Art.

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