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Toward A Deweyan Theory of Ethical and Aesthetic Performing Arts Practice
The Journal of Aesthetics and Phenomenology
  • Aili W. Bresnahan, University of Dayton
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
4-28-2014
Abstract

This paper formulates a Deweyan theory of performing arts practice that relies for its support on two main things:

  1. The unity Dewey ascribed to all intelligent practices (including artistic practice) and
  2. The observation that many aspects of the work of performing artists of Dewey’s time include features (“dramatic rehearsal,” action, interaction and habit development) that are part of Dewey’s characterization of the moral life.

This does not deny the deep import that Dewey ascribed to aesthetic experience (both in art and in life), but it does suggest that we might use his theory of ethical practice in conjunction with his theory of art as experience in order to create a more robust and unified Deweyan theory of what the performing artist does.

ISBN/ISSN
2053-9320
Document Version
Postprint
Comments

The document available for download is the author’s accepted manuscript.

Some differences may exist between the manuscript and the published version; as such, researchers wishing to quote directly from this resource are advised to consult the version of record.

Permission documentation is on file.

Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Place of Publication
Philedelphia, PA
Peer Reviewed
Yes
Citation Information
Aili W. Bresnahan. "Toward A Deweyan Theory of Ethical and Aesthetic Performing Arts Practice" The Journal of Aesthetics and Phenomenology Vol. 1 Iss. 2 (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/aili_bresnahan/3/