Dance

Authored by: Graham McFee

The Routledge Companion to Aesthetics

Print publication date:  April  2013
Online publication date:  April  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415782869
eBook ISBN: 9780203813034
Adobe ISBN: 9781136697142

10.4324/9780203813034.ch62

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Abstract

The philosophical aesthetics of dance may be roughly characterized in three parts, each concerned centrally with dance as an art form; or with dances that are artworks. First, many issues are shared with philosophical aesthetics in general: for instance, concern over the role of the intentions of the artist for understanding his/her artworks recurs vis- -vis choreographers — if with a characteristic dance “twist.” Equally, commitments in general aesthetics will typically be replicated in dance aesthetics: for example, if one asserted the historical character of art (McFee 2011b: 119–45), a similar assertion for dance would be expected.

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