Art, Education, and the Democratic Commitment

A Defence of State Support for the Arts

  • David T. Schwartz

Part of the Philosophical Studies in Contemporary Culture book series (PSCC, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. David T. Schwartz
    Pages 1-11
  3. David T. Schwartz
    Pages 45-66
  4. David T. Schwartz
    Pages 111-140
  5. David T. Schwartz
    Pages 141-162
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 163-181

About this book


In reflecting on this book and the process of writing it, the most pervasive theme I find is that of confluence. I drew much of the energy needed to write the book from the energy that resides at the confluence, or nexus, of contrasting ideas. At the most general level, the topic of arts subsidy offered a means of exploring simultaneously two of my favorite philosophical subjects-aesthetics and politics. The risk of a dual focus is of course that you do neither topic justice. However, the bigger payoff of this strategy resides in finding new and interesting connections between two otherwise disparate topics. Developing such connections between art and politics led directly to many of the book's positive arguments for subsidy. At a deeper level, the book exploits a confluence of contrasting philosophical methodologies. The central problem of the book­ politically justifying state support of the arts-is cast in the Anglo­ American tradition of analytical philosophy. Here normative arguments of ethics and politics are scrutinized with an eye toward developing a defensible justification of state action. Yet while the book initially situates the subsidy problem within this analytical tradition, its positive arguments for subsidy draw heavily from the ideas and methods of Continental philosophy. Rather than adjudicating normative claims of ethical and political ttuth, the Continental tradition aims at the hermeneutical task of interpreting and describing sttuctures of human meaning.


Philosophy of art Policy interpret issue knowledge philosophy politics

Authors and affiliations

  • David T. Schwartz
    • 1
  1. 1.Randolph-Macon Woman’s CollegeLynchburgUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5450-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-9444-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0928-9518
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