The Self-Deceiving Muse: Notice and Knowledge in the Work of Art - Literature and Philosophy (Hardback)Alan Singer (author)
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Current philosophical discussions of self-deception remain steeped in disagreement and controversy. In The Self-Deceiving Muse, Alan Singer proposes a radical revision of our commonplace understanding of self-deception. Singer asserts that self-deception, far from being irrational, is critical to our capacity to be acute "noticers" of our experience. The book demonstrates how self-deception can be both a resource for rational activity generally and, more specifically, a prompt to aesthetic innovation. It thereby provides new insights into the ways in which our imaginative powers bear on art and life. The implications--philosophical, aesthetic, and ethical--of such a proposition indicate the broadly interdisciplinary thrust of this work, which incorporates "readings" of novels, paintings, films, and video art.
Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 481 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
"Raising the scandalous proposition that the 'self-deceiver' should be seen less as the condemnable antagonist of Reason than as the perpetrator of the active imagination that gives rise to genuine aesthetic experience, Singer tests his claim with a series of brilliant arguments grounded in literary, philosophical, and art studies extending from familiar classics--Parmigianino, Tintoretto, Flaubert, and Hegel--to such moderns as Jeff Wall, Bill Viola, Gerhard Richter, and Peter Greenaway. The Self-Deceiving Muse should add significantly to contemporary debate on the relations between reason, aesthetics, and ethics in a language thoroughly conversant with recent critical theory."
--Josef Chytry, University of California, Berkeley, and California College of the Arts
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