LANGUAGES OF ART
An Approach to a Theory of Symbols
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Henry Nelson Goodman (1906–1998) was one of the most influential philosophers of the post-war era of American philosophy. Goodman’s philosophical interests ranged from formal logic and the philosophy of science to the philosophy of art. In all these diverse fields Goodman made significant and highly original contributions. Perhaps his most famous contribution is the “grue-paradox”, which points to the problem that in order to learn by induction, we need to make a distinction between projectible ...
This is one of the most important works of 20th century aesthetics in the analytic tradition and the first one to produce a distinct and systematic theory of art. Originally published in 1968, it was revised in 1976.
In Languages of Art there is not only the attempt to deﬁne every work of art in linguistic terms and to speak about a work of art as linguistic and cognitive functions, but moreover there is the general goodmanian approach to philosophy and knowledge that deeply expresses his cognitivism, nominalism,relativism, and constructivism.
Like Dewey, he has revolted against the empiricist dogma and the Kantian dualisms which have compartmentalized philosophical thought. . . . Unlike Dewey, he has provided detailed incisive argumentation, and has shown just where the dogmas and dualisms break down. --Richard Rorty, The Yale Review --Monroe C. Beardsley, Philosophy of Science Volume 37, Number 3 --Rudolf Arnheim, Science, Vol. 164, Issue 3880, (09 May 1969), pp. 697-698 --Anthony Savile, The British Journal of Aesthetics, Volume 11, Issue 1, (Winter 1971), Pages 3–27, --Ann Ferguson Brentlinge...