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Title:Art and Social Ethics
Author(s):Amburgy, Patricia Marie
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Fine Arts
Abstract:Three major theses are argued in this study. One is that conceptions of art have radically altered during the past hundred years. Before the end of the nineteenth century, works of art were conceived as moral phenomena; i.e., as objects which reflected the moral character of their makers, and required virtue on the part of viewers for proper appreciation. Toward the end of the nineteenth century, this perspective was abandoned by many theorists. Art came to be understood as a nonmoral, "aesthetic" object.
A second major thesis is that the change in conceptions of art was a product of two historical factors. One was the rise of modern, technological society; the other was a change in metaphysical perspective, or general world-view. Before the end of the nineteenth century, the "real," most significant features of art were taken to be moral characteristics. With the rise of technological society, however, its "real" features came to be conceived as affective and/or "objective" in character.
A third major thesis in the study is that art was trivialized when it came to be understood from a nonmoral, scientific world-view. In a technological society, art became less meaningful than it had been in the past. It fell from being understood as a central, highly important part of life, to a leisure-time, extraneous "frill."
Issue Date:1985
Description:190 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1985.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8600114
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-15
Date Deposited:1985

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