Art, Religion, Amnesia addresses the relationship between art
and religion in contemporary culture, directly challenging
contemporary notions of art and religion as distinct social
phenomena and explaining how such Western terms represent
alternative and even antithetical modes of world-making.
In this new book, Professor Preziosi offers a critique of the
main thrust of writing in recent years on the subjects of art,
religion, and their interconnections, outlining in detail a
perspective which redefines the basic terms in which recent debates
and discussions have been articulated both in the scholarly and
popular literature, and in artistic, political and religious
practice. "Art, Religion and Amnesia" proposes an alternative to
the two conventional traditions of writing on the subject which
have been devoted on the one hand to the OCyspiritualOCO dimensions
of artistry, and on the other hand to the (equally spurious)
OCyaestheticOCO aspects of religion.
The book interrogates the fundamental assumptions fuelling many
current controversies over representation, idolatry, blasphemy, and
political culture. Drawing on debates from PlatoOCOs proposal to
banish representational art from his ideal city-state to the Danish
cartoons of Mohamed, Preziosi argues that recent debates have
echoed a number of very ancient controversies in political
philosophy, theology, and art history over the problem of
representation and its functions in individual and social life.
This book is a unique re-evaluation of the essential
indeterminacy of meaning-making, marking a radically new approach
to understanding the inextricability of aesthetics and theology and
will be of interest to students and researchers in art history,
philosophy and religion and cultural theory."
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