Philosophy of Art

Philosophy of Art : A Contemporary Introduction

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Philosophy of Art is a textbook for undergraduate students interested in the topic of philosophical aesthetics.
It introduces the techniques of analytic philosophy as well as key topics such as the representational theory of art, formalism, neo-formalism, aesthetic theories of art, neo-Wittgensteinism, the Institutional Theory of Art. as well as historical approaches to the nature of art.
Throughout, abstract philosophical theories are illustrated by examples of both traditional and contemporary art including frequent reference to the avant-garde in this way enriching the readers understanding of art theory as well as the appreciation of art.
Unique features of the textbook are:
* chapter summaries
* summaries of major theories of art and suggested analyses of the important categories used when talking and thinking of art
* annotated suggested readings at the ends of chapters.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 15.49mm | 408g
  • Routledge
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Annotated
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0415159644
  • 9780415159647
  • 245,188

Table of contents

Introduction, 1. Art and representation, Part I Art as representation, Part II What is representation? 2. Art and expression, Part I Art as expression, Part II Theories of expression, 3. Art and form, Part I Art as form, Part II What is artistic form? 4. Art and aesthetic experience, Part I Aesthetic theories of art, Part II The aesthetic dimension, 5. Art, definition and identification, Part I Against definition, Part II Two contemporary definitions of art, Part III Identifying art.
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Review quote

"The book's strength is its concise and straightforward deciphering of a variety of representations in a dense manner."
-Choice, May 2000
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About Noel Carroll

Noel Carroll is the Monroe C. Beardsley Professor of the Philosophy of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is currently also President of the American Society for Aesthetics and has been a documentary screenwriter and a journalist. Other books include, The Philosophy of Horror (Routledge, 1990) and A Philosophy of Mass Art (1998).
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