"Art and Philosophy"
Arthur C. Danto
Originally broadcast: January 9, 2011
What is art? What is beauty? How are they related to truth? These questions lay at the core of philosophical inquiry, and few have been
more baffling – and more enriching – to philosophers. Combine these issues with the fact that art is an inherently intimate
experience for viewers and you get the recipe for deep controversy and exciting debate. Join WHY? as we delve deep into
aesthetics, the philosophy of art, with one of its most respected and influential practitioners: Arthur Danto.
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Arthur Danto the Johnsonian Professor Emeritus Philosophy at Columbia University.; he joined the faculty in 1951. He has been the
recipient of many fellowships and grants including two Guggenheims, ACLS, and Fulbright. Professor Danto has served
as Vice-President and President of the American Philosophical Association, as well as President of the American Society
for Aesthetics. He is the author of numerous books, including Nietzsche as Philosopher, Mysticism and Morality,
The Transfiguration of the Commonplace, Narration and Knowledge, Connections to the World: The Basic Concepts of Philosophy,
and Encounters and Reflections: Art in the Historical Present, a collection of art criticism which won the National Book
Critics Circle Prize for Criticism, 1990. His most recent book is Embodied Meanings: Critical Essays and Aesthetic Meditations.
He is the art critic for The Nation and has also published numerous articles in other journals. He is also an editor of the
Journal of Philosophy and consulting editor for various other publications.
WHY’s host Jack Russell Weinstein says: “talking with Arthur Danto will be both a challenge and an honor. Few philosophers have had
such an interesting and influential career. I can think of no better guide to the world of art, a world that is of immense
importance to me and most of our listeners.”
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