14 Facts About Arthur Danto


Arthur Coleman Danto was an American art critic, philosopher, and professor at Columbia University.

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Arthur Danto was best known for having been a long-time art critic for The Nation and for his work in philosophical aesthetics and philosophy of history, though he contributed significantly to a number of fields, including the philosophy of action.

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Arthur Danto's interests included thought, feeling, philosophy of art, theories of representation, philosophical psychology, Hegel's aesthetics, and the philosophers Friedrich Nietzsche and Jean-Paul Sartre.

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Arthur Danto was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, January 1, 1924, and grew up in Detroit.

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Arthur Danto then pursued graduate study in philosophy at Columbia University.

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From 1949 to 1950, Arthur Danto studied in Paris on a Fulbright scholarship under Jean Wahl, and in 1951 returned to teach at Columbia.

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Arthur Danto was twice awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Arthur Danto died on October 25, 2013, aged 89 in Manhattan, New York City.

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Arthur Danto argued that "a problem is not a philosophical problem unless it is possible to imagine that its solution will consist in showing how appearance has been taken for reality.

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Arthur Danto laid the groundwork for an institutional definition of art that sought to answer the questions raised by the emerging phenomenon of twentieth-century art.

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Arthur Danto wrote on this subject in several of his works and a detailed treatment is to be found in Transfiguration of the Commonplace.

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Arthur Danto stated, “A work of art is a meaning given embodiment.

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Arthur Danto describes the history of Art in his own contemporary version of Hegel's dialectical history of art.

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Arthur Danto was an art critic for The Nation from 1984 to 2009, and published numerous articles in other journals.

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