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ERIC Number: EJ928606
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0309-8249
Justifying the Arts: The Value of Illuminating Failures
Forrest, Michelle
Journal of Philosophy of Education, v45 n1 p59-73 Feb 2011
This paper revisits how late 20th-century attempts to account for conceptual and other difficult art-work by defining the concept "art" have failed to offer a useful strategy for educators seeking a non-instrumental justification for teaching the arts. It is suggested that this theoretical ground is nonetheless instructive and provides useful background in searching for a viable approach to justification. It is claimed that, though definition may fail and grand theories not coalesce, one would be wise to emulate Passmore (1954, 1990) who argues for an aesthetic approach to works of art and who proceeds like the fox, from a specific work that becomes more complex through analysis. His approach is employed in describing a performance series by the Cellist of Sarajevo, which raises further questions regarding what it means to start from a specific art-work and how doing so exemplifies Fleming's (2006) suggestion that in justifying the arts we connect them to our ethical lives. Passmore's strategy is then extended to the aesthetic experience of reading this essay and the paper concludes with the author's personal anecdote in response to Higgins' (2008) call for genuinely aesthetic defences of aesthetic education. (Contains 14 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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