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Aesthetics - 97 edition

Aesthetics - 97 edition

ISBN13: 9780192892751

ISBN10: 0192892754

Aesthetics by Susan L.  Ed. Feagin and Patrick  Ed. Maynard - ISBN 9780192892751
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 97
Copyright: 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Aesthetics by Susan L.  Ed. Feagin and Patrick  Ed. Maynard - ISBN 9780192892751

ISBN13: 9780192892751

ISBN10: 0192892754

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 97
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Can we ever claim to understand a work of art or be objective about it? Why have cultures thought it important to separate out a group of objects and call them art? What does aesthetics contribute to our understanding of the natural landscape? Are the concepts of art and the aesthetic elitist?

Addressing these and other issues in aesthetics, this important new Reader includes articles ranging from Aristotle and Xie-He to Jun'ichiro Tanizaki, Michael Baxandall, and Susan Sontag. It focuses on why art and a variety of aesthetics matter to us, and on how perceivers participate in and contribute to the experience of appreciating a work of art. With its multicultural and multidisciplinary scope, it shows how anthropology, art history, Chinese theories of painting, and other perspectives both enrich and provide alternatives to classic philosophical accounts of art and the aesthetic.

Author Bio

Feagin, Susan L. : University of Misosuri - Kansas City

Susan L. Feagin is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, specializing in aesthetics.

Maynard, Patrick P. : University of Western Ontario

Patrick P. Maynard is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario, where he teaches aesthetics and the history of philosophy at all levels.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


1. What is distinctive about the aesthetic?
2. Why is it important to recognize objects as art?
3. Art as a vehicle for expression, creativity and freedom
4. Is it ever possible to understand a work of art?
5. Why is it important to respond emotionally to art?
6. Are evaluations of art objective?

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