• Beyond Disinterestedness

    Author(s):
    Arnold Berleant (see profile)
    Date:
    1994
    Subject(s):
    Aesthetics, Art
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    aesthetic disinterestedness, aesthetic engagement, aesthetic appreciation, art object
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M69C6S12X
    Abstract:
    The notion of disinterestedness became, during the eighteenth century, the central term in modern aesthetics. Developments in the arts since that time, however, have led to its loss of relevance, although it has continued its preeminence in theory. While rejecting disinterestedness and its kindred concepts of contemplation, distance, and universality, their continuing insights lie in perceptual directness and receptivity and in focused attention. These can be retained in an aesthetics of engagement that reflects the collaboration with artist and art object that is central in appreciation.
    Notes:
    Arnold Berleant, The British Journal of Aesthetics, 34/3 (July 1994). Published in a Chinese translation. Summarized in Japanese in Bigaku, No. 178 (Vol. 45/2), 1994, p.70. Published in a Russian translation in Polygnosis, No. 2 (1999), 49-59.
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