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    Art and the Human Enterprise. [REVIEW]W. S. D. - 1958 - Review of Metaphysics 12 (1):145-145.
    To give concrete meaning to the phrase "Art for Life's Sake," Jenkins assumes that "the general purpose that animates all of man's activities and artifacts is adaptation to the environment and satisfaction of the conditions of life." A phenomenological survey of human experience reveals three basic modes of viewing or adapting to the world--the affective, the cognitive, and the aesthetic. Each is intertwined with the others, and all three are necessary if man is to adapt to his environment; but as (...)
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    Aesthetics: Problems in the Philosophy of Criticism. [REVIEW]W. S. D. - 1958 - Review of Metaphysics 12 (2):322-322.
    Beardsley's aim is "to see whether the problems [of aesthetics] cannot be formulated better than they usually are." Though he relies heavily upon the techniques of logical analysis in this study he does not make analysis the substance of inquiry, but utilizes it to render manageable the problems involved in evaluating art. Each chapter is followed by extensive "Notes and Queries" liberally sprinkled with references to books and articles bearing on the problems discussed. --D. W. S.
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    Intelligible Beauty in Aesthetic Thought From Winckelmann to Victor Cousin. [REVIEW]W. S. D. - 1959 - Review of Metaphysics 12 (4):668-668.
    In this study of aesthetics during the eight decades from 1755 to 1833, Will argues that those thinkers who steered away from the dualistic, neo-classical concern with ideal beauty and turned to a monistic, organic approach to the intelligibility of beauty were pushing the Platonic-Plotinian tradition toward clearer thought concerning beauty, and were also laying the groundwork for Hegel's idealism. He concludes that Hegel's systematization of this strand of thought constitutes "an oblique argument in favor of the major tradition of (...)
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  4. The Way Beyond 'Art'. [REVIEW]W. S. D. - 1959 - Review of Metaphysics 13 (2):356-356.
    In 1947 Professor Dorner published The Way beyond 'Art'--The Work of Herbert Bayer. That book was one-half a series of startling generalizations dealing with the development of the visual arts, mind and nature, and one-half a series of perceptive and interesting insights into the work of the modern artist-designer, Herbert Bayer. In this posthumous, revised edition, the half dealing specifically with Bayer is omitted. What remains is Dorner's unusual history of art, which traces the dissolution of three-dimensional reality and the (...)
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    Problems in Aesthetics: An Introductory Book of Readings. [REVIEW]W. S. D. - 1959 - Review of Metaphysics 12 (3):495-495.
    A work in this genre inevitably invites comparison with the 1953 anthology of Vivas and Krieger. Though containing some duplication of the contents of the earlier volume, Weitz's collection makes many additional, fine selections available--e. g., three examples of Erwin Panofsky's techniques; Hospers' "The Concept of Artistic Expression"; Malraux on style; Chapter IX of Cassirer's Essay on Man; and a direct encounter in which Erich Kahler has prepared a traditional, humanistic rebuttal to Weitz's own contention that 'art' cannot be defined. (...)
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    Platonism in Recent Religious Thought. [REVIEW]W. S. D. - 1958 - Review of Metaphysics 11 (4):691-691.
    About each of six men, W. R. Inge, P. E. More, A. E. Taylor, William Temple, and G. Santayana, the author asks two questions: How does he interpret Plato and/or the Platonic tradition? What are the central elements in his religious thought? Geoghegan's general conclusion: though agreeing in their ethical Theism, moral idealism, ambivalent view of Nature, and reliance upon God to relate essence and existence, Platonism and Christianity have not been united ; with Whitehead and Santayana, naturalism has precluded (...)
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    Reflections on Art. [REVIEW]W. S. D. - 1959 - Review of Metaphysics 12 (4):665-665.
    All the authors represented in this "source book to serve independent study on the part of scholars and fairly advanced students in philosophy of art" share Miss Langer's predilection for two basic concepts: "expressiveness" and "semblance," which "defines the work of art as a wholly created appearance, the Art Symbol." Thus while it would not serve as a survey text, nevertheless presents many provocative essays which have not been available in English or in other easily obtainable collections.--D. W. S.
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    The Epochal Nature of Process in Whitehead's Metaphysics. [REVIEW]W. S. D. - 1982 - Review of Metaphysics 36 (1):207-208.
    This is a book with a highly unorthodox, idiosyncratic thesis, but because of the author's deep familiarity with the Whiteheadian materials, because of the power given to her analysis by its all-encompassing scope, because of the genuinely important issues which cluster around her theme, and also, undoubtedly, because of the unabashed bravado with which this Don Quixote of the process set breaks lances with virtually all of the established authors in the field, this book will probably be widely read.
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    The Way Beyond 'Art'. [REVIEW]W. S. D. - 1959 - Review of Metaphysics 13 (2):356-356.
    In 1947 Professor Dorner published The Way beyond 'Art'--The Work of Herbert Bayer. That book was one-half a series of startling generalizations dealing with the development of the visual arts, mind and nature, and one-half a series of perceptive and interesting insights into the work of the modern artist-designer, Herbert Bayer. In this posthumous, revised edition, the half dealing specifically with Bayer is omitted. What remains is Dorner's unusual history of art, which traces the dissolution of three-dimensional reality and the (...)
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    Whitehead's Metaphysics: An Introductory Exposition. [REVIEW]W. S. D. - 1958 - Review of Metaphysics 12 (2):325-326.
    Leclerc's systematic introduction is predicated upon the thesis that "Whitehead's basic problems belong to the great tradition of philosophical inquiry first opened up by the Greeks." A lucid discussion of the traditional problems surrounding "being" leads simply and logically to a consideration of the categories in terms of which Whitehead reformulates the traditional approach to "that which is." The great merit of this progression is that it dispels the illusion, so overwhelming on an initial glance at Whitehead himself, that his (...)
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    Whitehead's Philosophy of Civilization. [REVIEW]W. S. D. - 1958 - Review of Metaphysics 12 (1):145-146.
    Whitehead's remarks on man, social problems, education, religion, and history have been extracted from his technical works and placed side by side to form an account in familiar terminology of Whitehead's theory of civilization. In context, occurring almost as afterthoughts illustrating abstract metaphysical principles, these remarks constitute brilliant flashes of humanistic insight; abstracted from context, they become platitudinous. Only when, in the final chapter, Johnson adumbrates their metaphysical setting, does one feel any of the excitement of seeing the values of (...)
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    Whitehead's Philosophy of Science and Metaphysics. [REVIEW]W. S. D. - 1982 - Review of Metaphysics 35 (4):886-887.
    This volume follows by eighteen years Mays's earlier study, which was titled simply The Philosophy of Whitehead. The strongly stated, controversial working hypothesis behind that work was that even though Whitehead introduces a fiercely complicated vocabulary in his later books, especially in Process and Reality, "the ideas contained in his later work are much simpler than is usually assumed, since he is working out some of his earlier ideas on a larger philosophical canvas". In short, the 1959 book by Mays (...)
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