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ERIC Number: EJ874037
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 18
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8510
Dewey's "Art as Experience": The Psychological Background
Shusterman, Richard
Journal of Aesthetic Education, v44 n1 p26-43 Spr 2010
The year 2009 marks the 150th anniversary of John Dewey's birth and also the 75th anniversary of the publication of his aesthetic masterpiece "Art as Experience"--a book that has been extremely influential within the field of aesthetics, not only in philosophical aesthetics and aesthetic education but also in the arts themselves. In this essay, the author reexamines "Art as Experience" by briefly tracing some of its major themes and clarifying its generative context of production and philosophical roots, while also suggesting, in passing, how some of these themes and roots contribute to its continuing philosophical relevance. The author first offers two preliminary cautions: (1) Dewey's aesthetic magnum opus is obviously too rich and masterful in ideas and influence for any brief commemorative essay to hope to do it sufficient justice; and (2) as Dewey defined philosophy as "a criticism of criticisms," so the author's remarks will include a critical dimension. Then, the author illustrates how the essential unifying qualitative element in Dewey's philosophy of mind is transformed into the core of his aesthetic theory in "Art as Experience." The author comments on passages in the book that echo Dewey's formulations in "Qualitative Thought." Finally, the author shows how Dewey's views on the pervasive underlying unifying quality of immediate experience strongly echo William James's account of the immediate experience of thought as formulated in "The Principles of Psychology." (Contains 24 notes.)
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Language: English
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