Philosophical Trash Talking: Reading and Ridiculing “The Languages of Art”
“Aesthetics is to artists as ornithology is to birds.” See why Barnett Newman’s quote is right (though it doesn’t have to be).
Nelson Goodman (1906-1998) was an American analytic philosopher who wrote on epistemology, logic, and aesthetics. But aesthetics has always been the red-headed stepchild in philosophy, never gaining acceptance in the broader field and perhaps more importantly never gaining any traction with those actually associated with art. A reading straight from Goodman’s text will show you why.
Teacher: Dena Shottenkirk
Dena Shottenkirk is a philosophy professor at Brooklyn College and former art critic for both Artforum and Art and America.