Approach to Aesthetics

Approach to Aesthetics : Collected Papers on Philosophical Aesthetics

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Approach to Aesthetics collects all Frank Sibley's major papers on philosophical aesthetics. The availability within single covers of his published papers alone would be welcomed by students and scholars of aesthetics. The value of this book is greatly enhanced by the inclusion of five substantial papers written in his later years and hitherto unpublished.

Most of the published papers are concerned with a group of related topics: the nature of aesthetic qualities and their relation to non-aesthetic qualities, the relation of aesthetic description to aesthetic evaluation, the different levels of evaluation, the objectivity of aesthetic judgement. The later papers constitute both a continuation and a significant development of Sibley's individual approach to aesthetics. One group of papers discusses the distinction between attributive and
predicative uses of adjectives, first elucidating the distinction, and then considering its application to 'beautiful' and 'ugly'. Another major paper is an extensive study of the aesthetic significance of tastes and smells, a topic Sibley considered to be much neglected, whose examination could throw
interesting light on the boundaries of the concept of the aesthetic.

This collection constitutes a wide-ranging yet coherent account of aesthetics by one of the most acute philosophical minds of his generation, one which is and will continue to be a source of controversy and a model of analytical method.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 292 pages
  • 155 x 233 x 16mm | 473g
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0199204136
  • 9780199204137
  • 1,498,249

Table of contents

Editors' Introduction ; 1. Aesthetic Concepts ; 2. Aesthetics and the Looks of Things ; 3. Aesthetic and Non-aesthetic ; 4. About Taste ; 5. Colours ; 6. Objectivity and Aesthetics ; 7. Particularity, Art and Evaluation ; 8. General Criteria and Reasons in Aesthetics ; 9. Originality and Value ; 10. Arts or the Aesthetic - which comes first? ; 11. Making Music Our Own ; 12. Adjectives, Predicative and Attributive ; 13. Aesthetic Judgements: Pebbles, Faces and Fields of Litter ; 14. Some Notes on Ugliness ; 15. Tastes, Smells and Aesthetics ; 16. Why the Mona Lisa May Not Be a Painting
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Review from previous edition The publication of a collection of Sibley's papers is a major event, and the editors, as well as Oxford University Press, are to be congratulated for this collection and its companion volume of critical essays. * Mind * Exhibit[s] Sibley's characteristically refreshing, rigorous and thought-provoking approach to his subject. * Mind * The book facilitates a survey of Sibley's contribution to aesthetics, and confirms his place as one of the outstanding thinkers of his generation. * The Philosophical Quarterly *
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About Frank Sibley

Frank Sibley (1923-1996) was the first Professor of Philosophy to be appointed at Lancaster University, a position he occupied until his retirement.
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