Opening Gambits: Essays on Art and Philosophy

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What is the role of art in modern society? To entertain us? To teach us? Both? And what of philosophy? What relevance does it have to how we think and live? In Opening Gambits, Mark Kingwell argues that art and philosophy are forms of play, working at the margins of meaning and sense. Written in Kingwell’s typical witty and eloquent style, the book begins with general assessments of the art world and the relationship between art and architecture. Including lively critical engagements with artists like Edward Burtynsky, David Bierk, James Lahey, and Blue Republic, these pieces tease out the philosophical issues embedded in the aesthetic experience of art. In part two, Kingwell reverses the polarity, investigating philosophy as a kind of art form that is constantly questioning its own possibility. The two parts of the book are simultaneously separated and joined by a collection of images that feature the works discussed in part one.

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MARK KINGWELL is professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto and a contributing editor of Harper’s Magazine. He is the author of ten books of political and cultural theory. Kingwell has lectured extensively in Canada, the U.S., Europe and Australia on philosophical subjects. he is the recipient of the Spitz Prize in political theory, National Magazine Awards for both essays and columns, and in 2000 was awarded an honorary DFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design for contributions to theory and criticism. He lives in Toronto.

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