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ISBN: 019530554X / ISBN-13: 9780195305548

What Good Are the Arts?

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Do the arts make us better people? Are they a sign of civilization? Why should 'high' be thought higher than 'low'? Are judgements about art anything ... Show synopsis

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  • What Good Are the Arts? (Oxford University Press, USA) – Hardcover (2006)
    by John Carey

    What Good Are the Arts?

    Hardcover, Oxford University Press, USA
    2006
    English
    286 pages

    ISBN: 019530554X
    ISBN-13: 9780195305548

    Hailed as "exhilarating and suggestive" (Spectator), "thought-provoking and entertaining" (David Lodge, Sunday Times), and "incisive and inspirational" (Guardian), What Good are the Arts? offers a delightfully skeptical look at the nature of art. John Carey--one of Britain's most respected literary critics--here cuts through the cant surrounding the fine arts, debunking claims that the arts make us better people or that judgments about art are anything more than personal opinion. But Carey does argue strongly for the value ... Show more

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