Art and Education

Catherine Z. Elgin

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Education

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780195312881
Published online January 2010 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Art and Education

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This article discusses the character of art and the centrality of art education to the curriculum. It argues against the claim that art is impervious to education. It explains that though inspiration is essential to art and inspiration cannot be taught, the assumption that art is entirely a product of inspiration is unfounded. In addition, sensory and emotional responses can be educated. It shows how a symbol-theoretic conception of art readily explains how art education is possible and why it is valuable.

Keywords: art education; curriculum; inspiration; sensory responses; emotional responses; symbolic-theoretic conception

Article.  7161 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Social and Political Philosophy ; Epistemology

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