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Aesthetics : Reader in Philosophy of Arts

Aesthetics : Reader in Philosophy of Arts - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-0131121447

Cover of Aesthetics : Reader in Philosophy of Arts 2ND 05 (ISBN 978-0131121447)
ISBN13: 978-0131121447
ISBN10: 0131121448
Edition: 2ND 05
Copyright: 2005
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
Published: 2005
International: No

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Aesthetics : Reader in Philosophy of Arts - 2ND 05 edition

ISBN13: 978-0131121447

David Goldblatt and Lee B. Brown

ISBN13: 978-0131121447
ISBN10: 0131121448
Edition: 2ND 05
Copyright: 2005
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
Published: 2005
International: No

For courses in Art Philosophy.

Unlike traditional anthologies, this gives special attention to popular arts as to the "fine arts". A variety of selections give the instructor plenty of options and opportunities to plan courses. This wide range of readings should appeal to teachers in various disciplines. The book divides articles into sections according to specific arts, while also providing sections on classical and contemporary sources regarding the arts in general. As with the first edition, this book brings together readings in continental and analytic philosophy. It also contains helpful introductions by the editors for each section, as well as a useful general introduction.


  • NEW--Additional articles--Reflects updated, current interests in aesthetics as well as more culturally inclusive pieces.
    • Gives students a reader that is timely and topical.
  • NEW--Illustrations not included in the first edition.
    • Provides students with illustrations that are not mere decorative additions, but integral to specific readings.
  • Specific questions about specific art.
    • Provides students with a text that gives special attention to popular arts as well as to the so-called fine arts.
  • Flexible text.
    • Provides instructors with loads of options and opportunities for course planning.
  • A wide range of readings--Appeals to teachers in various disciplines.
    • Gives instructors a text that is valuable in many courses.
  • Comprehensive organization--Brings together readings in continental and analytic philosophy. The book is divided into sections for Painting, Photography, Music, Literature, and so forth. The sheer complexity of the topic should not take anything away from the fact that the philosophy of the arts constitutes an intriguing and inviting network of human activities.
    • Introduces students at any level of sophistication to philosophical problems as they pertain to specific arts.

Table of Contents


Against Imitation, Plato. The Limits of Likeness, Ernst Gombrich. Languages of Art, Nelson Goodman. Artistic Crimes, Denis Dutton. Form in Modern Painting, Clive Bell. A Formal Analysis, Edmund Burke Feldman. On Modernist Painting, Clement Greenberg. Intentional Visual Interest, Michael Baxandall. Works of Art and Mere Real Things, Arthur C. Danto. The Origin of the Work of Art, Martin Heidegger. Why Are There No Great Women Artists? Linda Nochlin. The Paradox of Expression, Garry L. Hagberg. Painting and Ethics, Anne Eaton.


The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, Walter Benjamin. Transparent Pictures, Kendall L. Walton. What's Special about Photography? Ted Cohen. Allegory of the Cave, Plato. The Power of Movies, Noël Carroll. Woman as Image, Man as Bearer of the Look, Laura Mulvey. Audience, Actor, and Star, Stanley Cavell. Beauty and Evil: The Case of Leni Riefenstahl, Mary Devereaux.


The Problem of Architecture, Roger Scruton. Virtual Space, Suzanne K. Langer. Ornament and Crime, Adolf Loos. Towards an Architecture, Le Corbusier. Architecture as Decorated Shelter, Robert Venturi. A Discussion of Architecture (with Christopher Norris), Jacques Derrida. The Dislocation of the Architectural Self, David Goldblatt. Nolo Contendere, Jeffrey Kipnis. Nature and Art, Donald Crawford. Something There Is That Doesn't Love a Wall, Patricia Cl. Phillips.


The Expression and Arousal of Emotion in Music, Jenefer Robinson. A Wealth of Wordless Knowledge, Diana Raffman. Representation in Music, Roger Scruton. Sound and Semblance, Peter Kivy. The Recording Angel, Evan Eisenberg. Phonography. Lee B. Brown. Being True to the Work, Lydia Goehr. African Music, John Miller Chernoff. On the Concept of Music, Jerrold Levinson.


Virtual Powers, Suzanne K. Langer. What Is Going on in a Dance? Monroe C. Beardsley. Working and Dancing, Noël Carroll and Sally Banes. The Dance of & Sacuteiva, Ananda K. Coomaraswamy.


What Is Literature? Terry Eagleton. The Poetic Expression of Emotion, R.G. Collingwood. The Intention of the Author, Monroe Beardsley. What Is an Author? Michel Foucault. Criticism as Retrieval, Richard Wollheim. Beneath Interpretation, Richard Shusterman. How to Eat a Chinese Poem, Richard Bodman. Imagination and Make-Believe, Gregory Currie.


Ion, Plato. On Tragedy, Aristotle. The Birth of Tragedy, Friedrich Nietzsche. On Oedipus Rex and Hamlet, Sigmund Freud. Live Performance in a Mediatized Culture, Philip Auslander. Literature as a Performing Art, J.O. Urmson.


The Postmodern Condition, Jean-François Lyotard. Television and Aesthetics, Umberto Eco. Simulations, Jean Baudrillard. Plato and the Mass Media, Alexander Nehamas. Adornos Case against Popular Music, Lee B. Brown. Form and Funk, Richard Shusterman. Social Consciousness in Dancehall Reggae, Anita M. Waters. Why Is Rock Music So Noisy? Theodore Gracyk. Can White People Sing the Blues? Joel Rudinow. Kitsch, Robert Solomon. Jokes, Ted Cohen. What Are Comics? Greg Hayman and Henry John Pratt. Ventriloquism, David Goldblatt. Pornography, Joel Feinberg. The Real Harm of Pornography, Catharine A. MacKinnon. Defining Mass Art, Noël Carroll.


Of the Standard of Taste, David Hume. The Sublime, Edmund Burke. Judgments about the Beautiful, Immanuel Kant. The Philosophy of Fine Art, G.W.F. Hegel. Art as Experience, John Dewey.


Aesthetic Concepts, Frank Sibley. Categories of Art, Kendall L. Walton. The Role of Theory in Aesthetics, Morris Weitz. Art as a Social Institution, George Dickie. Feminism in Context, Peg Zeglin Brand. A Different Plea for Disinterest, Theodore Gracyk. Are Art Museums Racist? Maurice Berger. The War on Culture, Carole S. Vance. Art and Taxes, Paul Mattick. Aesthetic Appreciation of the Natural Environment, Allen Carlson.

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