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A philosopher makes the case for thinking of works of art as tools for investigating ourselvesIn Strange Tools Art and Human Nature, the philosopher and cognitive scientist Alva No argues that our obsession with works of art has gotten in the way of understanding how art works on us For No , art isn t a phenomenon in need of an explanation but a mode of research, a method of investigating what makes us human a strange tool Art isn t just something to look at or listen to it is a challenge, a dare to try to make sense of what it is all about Art aims not for satisfaction but for confrontation, intervention, and subversion Through diverse and provocative examples from the history of art making, No reveals the transformative power of artistic production By staging a dance, choreographers cast light on the way bodily movement organizes us Painting goes beyond depiction and representation to call into question the role of pictures in our lives Accordingly, we cannot reduce art to some natural aesthetic sense or trigger recent efforts to frame questions of art in terms of neurobiology and evolutionary theory alone are doomed to fail.By engaging with art, we are able to study ourselves in profoundly novel ways In fact, art and philosophy have much in common than we might think Reframing the conversation around artists and their craft, Strange Tools is a daring and stimulating intervention in contemporary thought....

Title : Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature
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ISBN : 0809089165
Format Type : Paperback
Language : English
Publisher : Hill and Wang Reprint edition September 27, 2016
Number of Pages : 304 pages
File Size : 899 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature Reviews

  • Wayne
    2018-11-08 16:56

    Alva Noe, In Strange Tools, brings us through the semiotics of writing (“Art is writing ourselves” p. 206)), a strange tool (not merely functional) of Noe’s creativity (“Art looks like technology. It is useless technology; works of art are strange tools” p. 64), putting on display the aesthetical and philosophical engagement with the problem of what is art, what is philosophy, what is human nature. He presents this problem as a kind of solution, not as product or as a goal reached, but as a reorganizational experience of what we have known as true about ourselves and the world, toward a new creation of understanding ourselves differently from before, more richly and meaningfully as experiencing a new reality of ourselves and our world. He expresses how this creative process is the domain not only of art (not just as aesthetics), but also of philosophy (not just as intellect).

  • Beatrix
    2018-10-20 15:10

    Es un libro interesante, pero no me parece profundo. Me ha gustado de todos modos.

  • Blanca Membren
    2018-11-11 18:23

    Not that good of a book.

  • britton frost
    2018-11-09 16:09

    Some years ago, I was talking with an artist. He asked me about the science of visual perception. I explained that the vision scientists seek to understand how it is we see so much–the colorful and detailed world of objects spread out around us in space–when what we are given are tiny distorted upside-down images in the eyes. How do we see so much on the basis of so little?

  • A. Reed
    2018-11-16 14:21

    This book brought art into a light I have continued to appreciate since reading it. It's truly excellent!

  • ameila r layton
    2018-11-12 19:13

    If you are an artist looking for answers or an exploration of art as philosophy this book is not for you. The last two paragraphs proved interesting and I wish that was where we started but the rest of the book was remedial. However if you often find yourself questioning why art is important or what makes art worthwhile than this book might prove useful.

  • Amazon Customer
    2018-10-31 14:18

    The book was in perfect condition and a good deal.

  • Milena
    2018-11-07 15:03

    Whoever made the comment about how the book doesn't explain "how our brains and society come together" clearly didn't read the book or is missing the point. The writing style Noë has is why I love the book so much and because the ideas are refreshing. His style is approachable which makes the book simple enough to read but the complexities around aesthetics unfold throughout the book.I found it to be an intriguing kind of book that you don't really want to put down. Noë captivates the audience with very interesting and quirky personal anecdotes that makes you feel like you're having a conversation about art. I would recommend this book for people who want to learn more about art, people interested in philosophy and those who just want a really good book to read.