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978-1-4985-9353-3 • Hardback • April 2019 • $105.00 • (£81.00)
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Jeff Mitscherling is professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Guelph.
Paul Fairfield is professor of philosophy at Queen’s University at Kingston.
Preface: Tracking Intentions
Chapter 1: What Artists Tell Us
Chapter 2: Some Central Concepts and Theories
Chapter 3: More Clues from Plato and Aristotle
Chapter 4: A Model of the Work of Art
Chapter 5: Structural and Hermeneutic Considerations Involved in Artistic Creation and Aesthetic Judgment
Chapter 6: Implications
About the Authors
Relying on the accounts of various artists as well as on the resources of ancient and contemporary philosophy, this welcome study develops a phenomenologically oriented account of artistic creation, at the center of which lies the concept of intentionality. It presents the model of call and response and on such a basis argues that “tracking intentionality,” which is not of our own making, constitutes the core of artistic creation. Clearly written and well argued, this inspiring study is a pleasure to read. Avoiding technical jargon, this book addresses a broad audience and it will appeal to anyone with an interest in the fundamental questions that concern artistic creativity.
— Saulius Geniusas, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Mitscherling and Fairfield present an innovative and gripping analysis of intentionality, arguing that it is key for creativity and artistic production. Dismissive of the idea that creation comes from nothing or out of nowhere, the philosophers develop a rich notion of noticing and following what is objectively given in the world, culture, and others in order to show how humans imaginatively and artistically bring forward novel, creative works. Drawing from the experience and testimony of artists, poets, musicians and writers, they make a compelling case for the source of creativity lying in the turning of our conscious attention to what is already calling or appealing to us, to what is already at work in us. This engaging book with its inviting writing style is a masterful exploration of one of humanity’s richest capabilities.
— Antonio Calcagno, King's University College at Western University