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Feminist Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art: Critical Visions, Creative Engagements
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Feminist Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art: Critical Visions, Creative Engagements (Hardback)

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While much feminist philosophy is enjoying third- and fourth-wave developments building on its scholarly roots forged in the 1960's and 1970's, feminist theoretical work has taken what seems an exceptionally long time to break into the stubborn areas of aesthetics and philosophy of art. Aesthetics may seem like a back-burner issue generally, if we understand feminism mainly as a social justice movement seeking equality and solutions to socioeconomic, political, and cultural inequities. Framed this way, theories and practices concerning artistic production and/or engagement may seem less pressing or useful than, say, work in the sister area of feminist social and political theory.

The truth, however, is that aesthetic value, political value, ethical value (ven scientific value and religious value) intersect in meaningful and complex ways, both in oppressive practices and liberatory strategies. The essays in Feminist Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art: Critical Visions, Creative Engagements address this dearth in the field, and explore connections between these too-often-separated value spheres while drawing on and offering critiques of work in traditional philosophical aesthetics. Accessible for graduates and advanced undergraduates, the collection is especially relevant in areas of sociopolitical philosophy, ethics, phenomenology, epistemology, critical social theory and cultural studies. It is a rich resource for feminist scholars across all disciplines, and will also interest a general educated popular audience curious about art, feminism, practices of creative engagement, and with ways these interact or contrast with daily life.

Art, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryArts: general issues & referenceArt, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryTheory of artPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPhilosophy TheoryPhilosophy: aesthetics Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc. Publication Date: 01/04/2010 ISBN-13: 9781402068362  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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L. Ryan Musgrave is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Rollins College in Florida, and earned her Ph.D. in both philosophy and literature from Purdue University. Her work is on feminist and sociopolitical/legal philosophy, aesthetics, American philosophy, and value theory generally. Her main interests include the overlap of aesthetics, ethics, and politics, and the epistemological value of art and imagination (especially in the Pragmatist tradition of liberal education). Her most recent work is on democratic aesthetics, pragmatism, and critical social theory; it has appeared in Hypatia, Feminist Interpretations of Jane Addams, the International Journal of Arts in Society, and is forthcoming in Contemporary Pragmatism. She has recently served at Rollins as Honors Degree Program Director, Department of Philosophy and Religion Chair, and Women's Studies Program Coordinator.

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