Social Theories of Art

A Critique

  • Authors
  • Ian Heywood

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Ian Heywood
    Pages 1-8
  3. Ian Heywood
    Pages 9-29
  4. Ian Heywood
    Pages 30-45
  5. Ian Heywood
    Pages 85-104
  6. Ian Heywood
    Pages 105-130
  7. Ian Heywood
    Pages 131-152
  8. Ian Heywood
    Pages 171-187
  9. Ian Heywood
    Pages 188-196
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 197-230

About this book


This elegantly written book explores the tension between the theory and practice of art, taking issue with the approaches of the New Art History and its deconstructionist critics. It critically examines influential social theories of art from the viewpoint of the artworlds they target and, through a consideration of work by Rorty, Bauman, Gadamer and others, develops a new and fruitful set of connections between ethical, social and art theory that gives central importance to reflexivity as a living and problematic, as well as a theoretical, concept.


aesthetics critical theory hermeneutics Individuation language sociology violence work

Bibliographic information