Thinking with Things

Thinking with Things

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qAt its heart, Pasztory's thesis is simple and yet profound. She asserts that humans create things (some of which modern Western society chooses to call qartq) in order to work out our ideas - that is, we literally think with things. Pasztory draws on examples from many societies to argue that the art-making impulse is primarily cognitive and only secondarily aesthetic. She demonstrates that qartq always reflects the specific social context in which it is created, and that as societies become more complex, their art becomes more rarefied.q--Jacket.As Csikszentmihalyi and Rochberg-Halton put it in The Meaning of Things ( London: Cambridge University Press, 1981): aquot;Therefore, in the ... Tor Norretranders, The User Illusion: Cutting Consciousness Down to Size (New York: Viking, 1998).

Title:Thinking with Things
Author:Esther Pasztory
Publisher:University of Texas Press - 2005-08-01


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