My principal interests are the theory of art and certain major artists and writers whose work strikes me as central to an understanding of the modern predicament. I believe that the explanations of the nature and purpose of art offered by modern aesthetics (aka philosophy of art) are deeply unsatisfactory. Aesthetics, in my view, remains shackled, in quite fundamental ways, to eighteenth and nineteenth-century worldviews which are no longer relevant. Much of my writing is indebted to the French thinker André Malraux who is one of the rare figures whose thinking departs radically from traditional aesthetics, and who offers a theory of art that…

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