What Art is: The Esthetic Theory of Ayn Rand

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Open Court, 2000 - Philosophy - 523 pages
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Cultural icon Ayn Rand (1905-1982) was known as much for her philosophy as for her fiction. Her original theory of esthetics, which attacks many "masterpieces" of modernist art, is as combative and controversial as any of her work, but until now has received little serious scrutiny. In What Art Is, the authors demonstrate that Rand's ideas are supported by evidence from other academic fields.

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Read reviews of What Art Is at http://aristos.org/editors/reviews.htm and endorsements of the book at http://aristos.org/editors/endorse.htm. In Part I, we offer a critical examination of the philosophy of art formulated by Rand, beginning with a close analysis (in Chapters 1-4) of her four key essays on the subject in The Romantic Manifesto. Part II consists of an extension and application of her ideas. (See also Aristos, an online review of the arts edited by us, at http://www.aristos.org.) --- L.T. and M.M.K. 

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