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Philosophy and Museums

Philosophy and Museums
Essays on the Philosophy of Museums

Volume 79

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Part of Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplements

Victoria S. Harrison, Anna Bergqvist, Gary Kemp, Mark O'Neil, Charles Taliaferro, Ivan Gaskell, Michael P. Levine, Beth Lord, David Brown, Paul Morrow, Philip Tonner, Andreas Pantazatos, Alda Rodrigues, Graham Oddie, Constantine Sandis, Garry L. Hagberg, Sarah Hegenbart, Leon Robinson, Glen Melville, Scott Adams, Lucy McCracken, Jessica Palmer, Claire Richmond
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  • Date Published: June 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107545670

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  • Museums and their practices - especially those involving collection, curation and exhibition - generate a host of philosophical questions. Such questions are not limited to the domains of ethics and aesthetics, but go further into the domains of metaphysics, epistemology and philosophy of religion. Despite the prominence of museums as public institutions, they have until recently received surprisingly little scrutiny from philosophers in the Anglo-American tradition. By bringing together contributions from philosophers with backgrounds in a range of traditional areas of philosophy, this volume demonstrates how their work can enhance our understanding of museums and shed light on the philosophical questions raised by museum practices. Many of the chapters in this volume make the case that the philosophy of museums is of vital concern, not only to those philosophers at work in the emerging field but also to practitioners within the museum world and to anyone who enjoys visiting museums.

    • Addresses philosophical questions generated by museums and their practices
    • Contains essays from philosophers with backgrounds in a range of traditional areas of philosophy
    • It is of interest not only to philosophers in the field but to practitioners within the museum world
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    • Date Published: June 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107545670
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Notes on contributors
    Introduction Victoria S. Harrison, Anna Bergqvist and Gary Kemp
    1. Museums and their paradoxes Mark O'Neil
    2. The open museum and its enemies: an essay in the philosophy of museums Charles Taliaferro
    3. The museum of big ideas Ivan Gaskell
    4. Museums and the nostalgic self Michael P. Levine
    5. 'A sudden surprise of the soul': wonder in museums and early modern philosophy Beth Lord
    6. Context and experiencing the sacred David Brown
    7. Are Holocaust museums unique? Paul Morrow
    8. Museums, ethics and truth: why museums' collecting policies must face up to the problem of testimony Philip Tonner
    9. The ethics of trusteeship and the biography of objects Andreas Pantazatos
    10. People and things: questions museums make us ask and answer Alda Rodrigues
    11. What do we see in museums? Graham Oddie
    12. An honest display of fakery: replicas and the role of museums Constantine Sandis
    13. Word and object: museums and the matter of meaning Garry L. Hagberg
    14. Framing effects in museum narratives: objectivity in interpretation revisited Anna Bergqvist
    15. The participatory art museum: approached from a philosophical perspective Sarah Hegenbart
    Appendix: I. The Hutchesons' grammar school project Leon Robinson
    II. Foucault, madness and museums Glen Melville, Scott Adams and Lucy McCracken
    III. The identity of museum objects Jessica Palmer and Claire Richmond
    Bibliography.

  • Editors

    Victoria S. Harrison, University of Glasgow

    Anna Bergqvist, Manchester Metropolitan University

    Gary Kemp, University of Glasgow

    Contributors

    Victoria S. Harrison, Anna Bergqvist, Gary Kemp, Mark O'Neil, Charles Taliaferro, Ivan Gaskell, Michael P. Levine, Beth Lord, David Brown, Paul Morrow, Philip Tonner, Andreas Pantazatos, Alda Rodrigues, Graham Oddie, Constantine Sandis, Garry L. Hagberg, Sarah Hegenbart, Leon Robinson, Glen Melville, Scott Adams, Lucy McCracken, Jessica Palmer, Claire Richmond

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