Aesthetics and Postmodernism

Richard Shusterman

in The Oxford Handbook of Aesthetics

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

 Aesthetics and Postmodernism

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This article focuses on the philosophical issues, themes, and theories of postmodernism and how they impact on the field of aesthetics. But it begins with a brief historical overview of how postmodernism evolved in the past half-century from a specific artistic style concept to a notion of very general social and cultural significance. It then explores the nasty tangle of ambiguities and tensions in the concept of postmodernism and goes on to survey its major philosophical theories. It concludes by considering what consequences postmodernism should have for aesthetic theory and what a postmodern aesthetic would be like.

Keywords: postmodernism; aesthetics; philosophical theories; cultural significance; aesthetic theory; aesthetic experience; artistic style

Article.  5145 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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