Noël Carroll

in The Oxford Handbook of Aesthetics

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780199279456
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy


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The question of what makes dance an artform does not appear to emerge as a pressing philosophical issue until the eighteenth century, after which time it becomes a central topic. The reason for this should be fairly obvious: it is only in the eighteenth century that theorists became preoccupied with codifying the modern system of the arts — that is, with determining which practices belong to the sisterhood of the beaux arts (or fine arts). Two figures of particular importance in this transition were John Weaver and Jean-Georges Noverre. Importantly, both of these writers were not only theoreticians, but also choreographers.

Keywords: dance; artform; beaux arts; fine art; modern art system; John Weaver; Jean-Georges Noverre

Article.  4933 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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