Aesthetics

Aesthetics

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This new Reader offers an important new resource, combining classic accounts of the nature of aesthetics with the latests methods of approaching the subject. With its valuable multicultural approach, not confined to the consideration of fine art, it focuses on questions that examine why art and the aesthetic matter to us and how perceivers participate in and contribute to the experience of appreciating a work of art. Why have people thought it important to separate out a group of objects and call them 'art'? Is it inappropriate to think of something as art when its creator would not have considered it in that way? Are the concepts of art and the aesthetic elitist? Can we ever understand an artwork or be objective about it? Including articles ranging from Aristotle and Xie-He to Jun'ichiro Tanizaki, Michael Baxandall and Susan Sontag, this Reader is unique in providing both Western and non-Western responses to aesthetics.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 30.48mm | 680.39g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New.
  • halftones and line drawings
  • 0192892754
  • 9780192892751
  • 1,093,925

About Susan L. Feagin

Susan L. Feagin is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, specializing in aesthetics. She has been on the board of trustees for the American Society for Aesthetics, and president of the Central States Philosophical Association in 1996. Contributor to the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, The British Journal of Aesthetics, Philosophy and Literature, Philosophical Studies, and The American Philosophical Quarterly. Patrick Maynard is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario, where he teaches aesthetics and the history of philosophy at all levels. He is guest editor for the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. Contributor to the TLS, LRB, and Current Anthropology.show more

Table of contents

Preface ; 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? ; Notes ; Further Reading ; Biographical Details ; Indexshow more

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