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Philosophy and the visual arts: Illustration and performance


In this paper I distinguish between illustrative and performative uses of artworks in the teaching and communication of philosophy, drawing examples from the history of art and my own practice. The former are where works are used merely to illustrate and communicate a philosophical idea or argument, the latter are where the artist or teacher philosophizes through the creation of art. I hope to promote future collaboration between philosophers, art historians and artists, with artworks becoming catalysts for artistic-philosophical investigation, thus revitalizing the idea of universities embodying ongoing and open-ended conversations.

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O'Brien, Dan

Oxford Brookes departments

Department of History, Philosophy and Culture


Year of publication: 2021
Date of RADAR deposit: 2022-04-07

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