The Philosophy of the Visual Arts

The Philosophy of the Visual Arts

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This is the first anthology on aesthetics to be specifically oriented to the visual arts. It includes selections from a wide range of sources and deals with painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, and dance.
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  • Paperback | 640 pages
  • 167.89 x 244.86 x 36.07mm | 950g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • halftones, line drawings; halftones, line drawings
  • 0195059751
  • 9780195059755

Table of contents

I. The Idea of the Visual Arts
1: Jerome Stolnitz: The Aesthetic Attitude
2: Thomas Munro: On the Nature of the Visual Arts
3: George Dickie: The Myth of the Aesthetic Attitude
4: Benedetto Croce: Intuition, Technique and the Classification of the Arts
5: Gotthold Ephraim Lessing: On the Limits of Painting and Poetry
II. Painting and the Pictorial Arts: Form and the Representation of the Visible World
6: Plato: A Copy Theory of Representation
7: E.H. Gombrich: Truth and the Stereotype: An Illusion Theory of Representation
8: Nelson Goodman: Reality Remade: A Denotation Theory of Representation
9: Kendall L. Walton: Looking at Pictures and Looking at Things
10: Stephanie Ross: Caricature
11: Clive Bell: The Aesthetic Hypothesis: Significant Form and Aesthetic: Emotion
III. Painting and the Pictorial Arts: Wider Contexts
12: Wassily Kandinsky: Concerning the Spiritual in Art
13: Monroe C. Beardsley: Symbolism
A. Psychology
14: Rudolf Arnheim: Art and Thought
15: Sigmund Freud: Leonardo da Vinci and a Memory of His Childhood
16: Herbert Read: The Forms of Things Unknown
17: Douglas N. Morgan: Psychology and Art Today: A Summary and Critique
B. Religion
18: Etienne Gilson: The Religious Significance of Painting
19: Leo Steinberg: The Sexuality of Christ in Renaissance Art and in Modern Oblivion
C. Politics and Society
20: Kenneth Clark: The Naked and the Nude
21: John Berger: Ways of Seeing Women
22: Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists? Linda Nochlin
IV. Arts of the Camera
23: Andre Bazin: The Ontology of the Photographic Image
24: Susan Sontag: In Plato's Cave
25: Joel Snyder and Neil Walsh Allen: Photography, Vision, and Representation
26: Siegfried Kracauer: A Realist Theory of Film
27: Rudolf Arnheim: Film as Art
28: Francis Sparshott: Basic Film Aesthetics
V. Sculpture, Architecture, and Hand-Crafted Objects
29: Herbert Read: The Discovery of Space
30: Tom Wolfe: The Worship of Art: Notes on the New God
31: Horatio Greenough: Form and Function
32: Nelson Goodman: How Buildings Mean
33: Michael Graves: A Case for Figurative Architecture
34: R.G. Collingwood: Art and Craft
35: Leon Rosenstein: The Aesthetic of the Antique
36: Octavio Paz: Use and Contemplation
VI. Modern Developments
37: Arnold Berleant: Aesthetics and the Contemporary Arts
38: Arthur Danto: The Artworld
39: George Dickie: What is Art?: An Institutional Analysis
40: Joseph Margolis: The Ontological Peculiarity of Works of Art
41: Timothy Binkley: Piece: Contra Aesthetics
VII. Art History and Museums
42: Erwin Panofsky: The History of Art as a Humanistic Discipline
43: Jenefer M. Robinson: Style and Significance in Art History and Art Criticism
44: Kendall L. Walton: Categories of Art
45: Nelson Goodman: Art and Authenticity
The New Art History: A Symposium
46: What is "New" About the "New Art History"? Thomas Dacosta Kaufmann
47: Michael Marrinan: Cultural Institutions and the Topography of Art History
48: Arthur Danto: Old, New and Not So New Art History
49: Francis Sparshott: Showing and Saving, Looking and Learning: An Outsider's View of Art Museums
50: Hilde Hein: Exhibits and Artworks
VIII. On the Borders of the Visual Arts
51: Francis Sparshott: Why Philosophy Neglects the Dance
52: Kathleen Higgins: Sweet Kitsch
53: Paul Bouissac: Circus, Clowns and Culture
54: Allen Carlson: Appreciation and the Natural Envoirnment
55: Donald Crawford: Nature and Art: Some Dialectical Relationships
56: Barbara Sandrisser: Rain
57: Curt Ducasse: The Art of Personal Beauty
58: Oscar Wilde: Life as the Imitation of Art
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scholarly and well-organized Lydia Goehr, Boston University an interesting and different anthology ... provid[es] a broad range of perspectives Timothy Binkley, Institute for Computers in the Arts
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