Philosophical Society explores art
Camden — The Camden Philosophical Society meets monthly at Camden Public Library to discuss short philosophical readings. On Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 4 to 6 p.m., members will be discussing two short pieces by noted philosopher and art critic Arthur C. Danto. The public is welcome to attend.
Danto is best known as the influential, long-time art critic for The Nation and for his work in philosophical aesthetics and philosophy of history. The discussion will start with Danto’s essay “The Artworld” from 1964 in which he describes art’s dependence on theorizing or philosophizing: “… one use of theories, in addition to helping us discriminate art from the rest” (from non-art things) “consists in making art possible.”
The group will move on to Dante’s essay “The Philosopher as Andy Warhol,” published in a collection of 1999, in which Danto explores how in Warhol’s seminal work, “Brillo Box,” one can locate exactly how philosophizing contributes both to the making and the experiencing of art. For Danto, the connection between art and philosophy is so strong that he is comfortable calling art-making a form of doing philosophy.
The Camden Philosophical Society’s monthly reading group has welcomed all interested for seven years and no formal philosophical training is necessary to read, discuss and enjoy the always-friendly arguments. Everyone with an interest in reading and discussion are welcome. Both “The Artworld” and “The Philosopher as Andy Warhol” are available online, and hard copies of every monthly reading are available at the library circulation desk for reading at the library or for personal copying there.
The Camden Philosophical Society’s reading group meets the second Tuesday of each month at the downtown library. The Society has created an annual conference in Camden under the general theme Philosophy at the Edge for seven years. Its monthly readings this year are concentrating on philosophy and art in preparation for the 2013 conference on that theme. For more information, send email to email@example.com.
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