Deep Formalism and the Emergence of Modernist Aesthetics
Those are used by Michalle Gal to formulate a definition of art in terms of a theory of Deep Formalism, setting aestheticism, which aspires to preserve the artistic medium, as a critique of the current linguistic-conceptual aesthetics that developed after the linguistic turn of aesthetics.
I would like to thank Prof. Ofer Gal, without him this project would not have reached its final stages. I thank my best friends and colleagues: Dr. Dana Riesenfeld, which no text of mine leaves my desk before her eyes scrutinize it, and to Dr. Lyat Friedman, who has helped me to organize my thoughts while I was writing.
I thank the late Prof. Arthur Danto, who believed in this project, and encouraged me to write this book in a heartwarming way. I will miss him always. I thank Prof. Garry Hagberg, who read the first versions of the text, and offered his brilliant comments. I thank Prof. Moshe Zuckerman for the invaluable conversations on aestheticism and modernism, and for being a role-model for academic generosity. I would like to thank my much loved partner Prof. Guy Even, whose encouragement to focus on my research is very significant to me. I would like to thank Prof. Lydia Goehr, who “adopted” me during my Columbia days, witnessed the emergence of the ideas in the book, and has been a source of inspiration ever since. Last but not least, I can’t thank enough Prof. Anat Biletzki, who has always been my mentor, and taught me the foundation of philosophical thought.
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