The Philistine Controversy

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Verso, 2002 - 314 pages
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Conventionally, the Philistine is assumed to have no value for art and culture, but in this re-evaluation of its excluded identity, the authors address the philistine not as an empirical phenomenon, but as a relational category that operates between art and anti-art, aesthetics and anti-aesthetics, arguing that the Philistine cuts to the core of the predicament of art in a divided culture. The authors develop what they call a counter-intuitive notion of the Philistine, claiming that what the Philistine tells us about cultural division and exclusion is more persuasive than the theories of the popular and the otherly-cultured in cultural studies and postmodernism. They contest that the counter-intuitive Philistine returns the cultural debate to the problems of the persistence of poser, privilege and symbolic violence.
 

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Contents

Spectres of the Aesthetic
13
The Ecstasy of Philistinism
48
A Response to the New Philistines
73
Of Satiation Without Happiness
103
An Ontology Genealogy and Defence
125
Another Third Way?
161
A Critical View
175
Philistines and Art Vandals Get Upset
201
When Art Works Crackle
228
The Philistine and Cultural Studies
255
The Philistine and the Logic of Negation
272
Notes on Contributors
300
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John Roberts is Professor of Art and Aesthetics at the University of Wolverhampton. His books include The Art of Interruption: Realism, Photography and the Everyday; The Philistine Controversy (with Dave Beech), Philosophizing the Everyday, and The Necessity of Errors. He is also a contributor to Radical Philosophy, Oxford Art Journal, Historical Materialism, Third Text, and Cabinet magazine. He lives in London.

Malcolm Bull is a theorist and art historian who teaches at Oxford. His books include Seeing Things Hidden, The Mirror of the Gods, and Anti-Nietzsche. He is on the editorial board of New Left Review and writes for the London Review of Books.

Esther Leslie is a lecturer in English and Humanities at Birkbeck College, London. She is the author of Walter Benjamin: Overpowering Conformism and sits on the editorial boards of Historical Materialism, Radical Philosophy and Revolutionary History.

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