8. Essence, Expression, and History

Arthur Danto's Philosophy of Art

  1. Mark Rollins
  1. Noël Carroll

Published Online: 2 JUL 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118253045.ch8

Danto and his Critics, Second Edition

Danto and his Critics, Second Edition

How to Cite

Carroll, N. (2012) Essence, Expression, and History, in Danto and his Critics, Second Edition (ed M. Rollins), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118253045.ch8

Editor Information

  1. Washington University, USA

Author Information

  1. CUNY Graduate Center, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 JUL 2012
  2. Published Print: 13 APR 2012

Book Series:

  1. Philosophers and their Critics

Book Series Editors:

  1. Ernest Lepore

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470673447

Online ISBN: 9781118253045



  • Danto's philosophy of art, essence, expression, history;
  • Danto's philosophy, a defense for his philosophy of art proper;
  • Danto's philosophizing, metaphysical;
  • Danto's metaphilosophy, problems of perceptual indiscernibility;
  • problem of the nature of causality;
  • Danto's philosophy of art, series of arguments;
  • Danto, and aboutness in arthood, the indiscernibility method;
  • art, rhetorical ellipsis, artist's style of being in the world;
  • Danto's and art, essentialist, in unpredictable trajectories


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Essence and Expression: Danto's Philosophy of Art

  • The End of Art: Danto's Philosophy of Art History

  • A Critical Examination of Danto's Philosophy of Art

  • Concluding Remarks