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Art as Experience evolved from John Dewey's Willam James Lectures, delivered at Harvard University from February to May 1931.

In his Introduction, Abraham Kaplan places Dewey's philosophy of art within the context of his pragmatism. Kaplan demonstrates in Dewey's esthetic theory his traditional "movement from a dualism to a monism" and discusses whether Dewey's viewpoint is that of the artist, the respondent, or the critic.

The book is published by Southern Illinois University Press.

©1987, 2008 Board of Trustees, Southern Illinois University (P)2014 Redwood Audiobooks

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Good piece of aesthetic theory, poor audio book

Audible has divided this audio book into chapters that do not correspond with the book chapters, making it difficult to go back and re-listen (for study purposes, for example).

There were some issues with skipping, or pausing that was annoying.

The narrator was fair...a little monotonous and uninspiring.

I was left in no doubt that I would never listen to this audio book again (although I might read the book) so I returned it.

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  • Elaine Beth Williams
  • 03-10-15

Dense, but enlightening!

Dewey is not for the faint of heart. There are deep insights on every page. This is a very difficult read, but worthwhile.

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  • LH
  • 20-11-20

Your life can be a work of art

This book can positively change your life, because it shows you that your life can be a work of art, and inspires you, and gives you the tools for creating that work. Dewey argues that art is not something that hangs in a museum, but is rather an experience rooted in the active exercise of living a significant and whole-hearted life. Therefore this theory of art is applicable to living your life.

You can read this book when you are feeling down, and it can give you energy and hope. You can read this book when you are confused, and it can show you a path to follow. Although the only reality acknowledged in this work is a natural and not a supernatural one, this book is like a Bible to me, because it brings me solace during times of tribulation, and helps me to see the deepest meaning of my own life. If, when reading it, you compare what it says to your situation and to your prospects, then perhaps you can take as much encouragement and assistance from it as I have. Good luck.

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  • Samuel H. Peck
  • 19-10-18

Computer voice

Not a reading by a human being. Incredibly hard to read and follow along because of narration.

Great book, bad narration

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  • David Purdy
  • 23-01-18

Didactic but full of wisdom.

This is a profound voice but it comes from another era. It's of wisdom but sounds like a junior high school Civics lecture at times. but to anyone who's willing to stick it out, it truly pays off.