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The Philistine Controversy
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Conventionally, the Philistine is assumed to have no value for art and culture, but in this re-evaluation of its excluded identity, the authors address the philistine not as an empirical phenomenon, but as a relational category that operates between art and anti-art, aesthetics and anti-aesthetics, arguing that the Philistine cuts to the core of the predicament of art in a divided culture. The authors develop what they call a "counter-intuitive" notion of the Philistine, claiming that what the Philistine tells us about cultural division and exclusion is more persuasive than the theories of the popular and the "otherly-cultured" in cultural studies and postmodernism. They contest that the "counter-intuitive" Philistine returns the cultural debate to the problems of the persistence of poser, privilege and symbolic violence.

Art, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryHistory of art / art & design stylesPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesCultural StudiesPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPhilosophy TheoryPhilosophy: aesthetics Publisher: Verso Books Publication Date: 08/05/2002 ISBN-13: 9781859848425  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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John Roberts is Professor of Art and Aesthetics at the University of Wolverhampton. His books include "The Art of Interruption: Realism, Photography and the Everyday"; "The Philistine Controversy" (with Dave Beech), "Philosophizing the Everyday," and "The Necessity of Errors." He is also a contributor to "Radical Philosophy," "Oxford Art Journal," "Historical Materialism," "Third Text," and "Cabinet" magazine. He lives in London. Malcolm Bull is a theorist and art historian who teaches at Oxford. His books include "Seeing Things Hidden, The Mirror of the Gods," and "Anti-Nietzsche." He is on the editorial board of "New Left Review" and writes for the "London Review of Books." Esther Leslie is a lecturer in English and Humanities at Birkbeck College, London. She is the author of "Walter Benjamin: Overpowering Conformism" and sits on the editorial boards of "Historical Materialism," "Radical Philosophy" and "Revolutionary History."

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