Arthur Danto, ‘The transfiguration of the commonplace. A Philosophy of Art’. Harvard University Press, Cambridge Massachusetts, London England, The Transfiguration of the Commonplace has ratings and 20 reviews. Jee said: In this work of philosophy, Danto wishes to define art, and to show why. Arthur C. Danto argues that recent developments in the art world, in particular the production of works of art that cannot be told from ordinary things, make urgent.

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Danto was born in My favorite chapters are 4 and 5, on the aesthetics, work, interpretation, and identification of art. He is talking about the differences between worlds rather than institutions and might dantto summarized with a point made by Wittgenstein: And when art is transformed into philosophy, why should philosophers not equally be transformed into artists?

Ever since Peirce, ever new authors keep trotting out ever new solutions, which ever again fail to provide a convincing answer.

Trivia About The Transfigurati It looks like the tranfiguration is metaphor contains within it usually or always? Aesthetic Dualism and the Transfiguration of the Commonplace.

All those who especially from the seventeenth century on understand images in terms of signs, ar sooner or later confronted with the problem what the difference between an image and a sign might be. Danto argues that recent developments in the art world, in particular the production of works of art that cannot be told from ordinary things, make urgent the need for a new theory of art and make plain the factors such a theory can and cannot involve. It has some very interesting arguments about the questions of imitation in art or the cognitive power of the work of art.

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But, overall, it is a good read and fairly entertaining. Added to PP index Total downloads 49, of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 14 34, of 2, How can I increase my downloads?

A wealth of examples, drawn especially from recent and contemporary art, illuminate the argument. Or at least it isn’t compelling as Danto’s elaborations of the problems and arguments against what art can’t be.


Certainly, the two books share many basic premises, the autonomy of art from everyday discourse being the most basic. Normativity and Beauty in Contemporary Arts.

Review of ‘Danto: Transfiguration of the commonplace’ by Stefan Beyst

The first dznto philosophy book I read that seemed to make sense. To ask other readers questions about The Transfiguration of the Commonplaceplease sign up. If a man is a system of representations, his style is the style of these. So Andy Warhol’s Brillo Box is a different thing from the Brillo box in the supermarket even though they look indiscernibly the same. In this work of philosophy, Danto wishes to define art, and to show why contemporary art, having attained self-consciousness, is asking the same questions as philosophy.

This makes him somewhat like Heidegger who never makes clear which one of Van Gogh’s paintings of shoes is at issue in his analysis of art. He’s consistently engaging and always has examples and scenarios to illustrate the problems and arguments dango concerns himself with. Danto’s art object is one that can transcend its production, its course determined by its reception, and we, it readers, listeners, receivers, responsible for what that means.

This makes it ppossible, for example, that many feminists were produced by absorbing male dominated literature. Join Our Mailing List: Return to Book Page. He is an American art critic and professor of philosophy.

The Transfiguration of the Commonplace: A Philosophy of Art

Also here a soft breeze suffices to let the whole construction collapse: But the urinal is not at all transformed into the representation of something else, into an image — and such has certainly not been the intention of Duchamp, the champion of anti-mimesis par excellence. Published March 15th by Harvard University Press first published And he manages to do all of this in an entertaining way!

The answer to this question is simple, as long as one bears in mind that there are several transformations through which perceptually identical things can come to belong to several different ontological domains. If transfiguring is also a matter of self-transcendence, of identification with following Aristotle once again something nobler than ourselves, or with someone amazing at least, then a lot more is happening here than one would suspect if one saw art as simply a class of things or art by some act within the context of the artworld or even as a matter or seeing something as art because one as art historical knowledge a nice way to characterize Danto without taking into account the significance of these pages.


Mar 05, Kristina rated it it was amazing. Dec 19, Luke Echo added transfiguraiton. Criticism then, which consists in interpreting metaphor in this extended sense, cannot be intended as a substitute for the work.

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Danto thinks it is closer to say it’s a mode of expression, in which there is a joining between metaphor, rhetoric, and style. Here again, what is surprising to any reader of Danto who has spent much time on the first parts of his book is that in the last chapter he turns out to hold that works of art not only are about things but also express something about those things, that expression is a necessary condition for art. Matt Churgin rated it it was amazing Mar 28, What fascinates me about Danto these days is the relationship he sees between the aesthetics of art and the aesthetics of life.

In the course of constructing such a theory, he seeks to demonstrate the relationship between philosophy and art Arthur C. Hence, an image is no means of referring to the real world, but, on the contrary, a means of substituting for it see: However, what I found most valuable were the examples Danto provides in his unique, creative yet extremely logical and well-founded manner.