Weitz - Morris Weitz (1916-1981) "The Role of Theory...

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Morris Weitz (1916-1981) "The Role of Theory in Aesthetics" (1956) Theories of Concepts: a History of the Major Philosophical Tradition .  London: Routledge, 1988. The   Opening Mind  Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1977.  Twentieth Century Philosophy: the Analytic   Tradition .  New York: Free Press, 1966. Hamlet and the Philosophy of Criticism .  Cleveland: World, 1964.  Philosophy in Literature: Shakespeare, Voltaire, Tolstoy, Proust .  Detroit: Wayne State UP, 1963. Problems   in Aesthetics: an Introductory Book of Readings .  New York: Macmillan, 1960. "The Role of Theory in  Aesthetics."  Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism  15 (1956) Philosophy of the Arts .  Cambridge: Harvard  UP, 1950.  In 1977 Weitz taught Philosophy at Brandeis.  He also taught at Ohio State University. I have no picture of Weitz, but Weitz was strongly influenced by Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations : so here’s a picture of Wittgenstein. 1) Is aesthetic theory possible? a) Such a theory would provide a true definition or set of necessary and sufficient properties of art. b) But we seem no nearer to this than in the time of Plato. c) Yet those interested in aesthetics still hope for such a theory. 2) Theory in the classical sense is never forthcoming. a) We should supplant the question "What is the nature of art?" with other questions. b) The inadequacy of theories of art is not due to the complexity of art but to a misconception of art. c) Those who wish to define art misconstrue the logic of the concept of art. d) A formula about the necessary and sufficient properties of art is not forthcoming. e) But theory is not meaningless or worthless. f) It is of the greatest importance for art. 3) In a survey of the famous extant theories on the nature of art, each assumes it has given the true defining properties of art. a)
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