Imagine Immanuel Kant discussing art with bell hooks and Cornel West. Or Friedrich Nietzsche hanging around at a blues club. In Aesthetics Across the Color Line, James Winchester brings the western philosophical tradition into dialog with contemporary African-American thinkers in an attempt to bridge (or at least understand) the culture gap in aesthetic judgments. In this unique study, James Winchester urges philosophers to reexamine traditional aesthetic theory in light of recent writings by prominent African-American thinkers. Winchester focuses on the black-white cultural divide in the United States, but his theories also help frame the way we think about all cross-cultural aesthetic judgments. It is high time this book appeared in this age of multiculturalism.
James Winchester is assistant professor of philosophy at Georgia College and State University.
Chapter 1 Introduction: Understanding the Art of Others Chapter 2 Understanding Aesthetic Judgments across Cultural Borders Chapter 3 Why Nietzsche (Sometimes) Can't Sing the Blues; or Davis, Nietzsche, and the Social Embededness of Aesthetic Judgments Chapter 4 Misunderstanding Aesthetic Judgments across Cultural Divides Chapter 5 Adorno, Jazz, and the Limits of Apprenticeship Chapter 6 Art and the Politics of Representation in the South Bronx