Elegy for Theory by D. N. Rodowick

By D. N. Rodowick

Rhetorically charged debates over conception have divided students of the arts for many years. In Elegy for Theory, D. N. Rodowick steps again from well-rehearsed arguments seasoned and con to evaluate why idea has develop into the sort of deeply contested suggestion. faraway from lobbying for a go back to the "high concept" of the Nineteen Seventies and Eighties, he demands a energetic discussion on what should still represent a brand new, ethically inflected philosophy of the humanities.

Rodowick develops an ambitiously cross-disciplinary critique of concept as a tutorial discourse, tracing its historic displacements from historic suggestions of theoria via past due glossy options of the cultured and into the 20th century. The family tree of concept, he argues, is constituted via major strains of descent--one that is going again to philosophy and the opposite rooted in its place within the historical past of positivism and the increase of the empirical sciences. Giving literature, philosophy, and aesthetics their due, Rodowick asserts that the mid-twentieth-century upward push of conception in the academy can't be understood except the emergence of cinema and visible experiences. to invite the query, "What is cinema?" is to additionally open up in new methods the wider query of what's art.

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