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The Philosophy of Art : An Introduction

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The Philosophy of Art is a highly accessible introduction tocurrent key issues and debates in aesthetics and philosophy of art.Chapters on standard topics are balanced by topics of interest totoday's students, including creativity, authenticity, culturalappropriation, and the distinction between popular and fine art.Other topics include emotive expression, pictorial representation, definitional strategies, and artistic value. Presupposing no priorknowledge of philosophy, Theodore Gracyk draws on three decades ofteaching experience to provide a balanced and engaging overview, clear explanations, and many thought-provoking examples. All chapters have a strong focus on current debates in thefield, yet historical figures are not neglected. Major currenttheories are set beside key ideas from Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Marx, and Hegel. Chapters conclude with advice on further readings, and there are recommendations of films that will serve as a basisfor further reflection and discussion. Key ideas are immediatelyaccompanied by exercises that will test students' reactions andunderstanding. Many chapters call attention to ideology, prejudices, and common clich s that interfere with clearthinking.

Beautifully written and thoroughly comprehensive, ThePhilosophy of Art is the ideal resource for anyone who wants toexplore recent developments in philosophical thinking about thearts. It is also provides the perfect starting point for anyone whowants to reflect on, and challenge, their own assumptions about thenature and value of art.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 284 pages
  • 179 x 253 x 18mm | 564g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 0745649157
  • 9780745649153

Table of contents

Acknowledgements

Preface


1 Meaning, Interpretation, and Picturing

1 Representations and pictures

2 Theories of picturing

3 Intentions and transparency in pictures and photographs

4 Indiscernible counterparts

5 Fine art


2 Art as Expression

1 Overview of expression theories

2 Tolstoy's account of expressive art

3 Collingwood's account of expressive art

4 The expressive persona

5 Expression as arousal

6 Revising the arousal theory

7 Expression as cognitive recognition


3 Meaning and Creativity

1 Plato on creativity

2 Kant on genius

3 Metaphorical exemplification

4 Hegel and Marx

5 Material bases of creativity

6 Feminism and creativity


4 Fakes, Originals, and Ontology

1 Multiples and singularities

2 Abstract objects

3 Problems and implications

4 Fakes and originals

5 Objections and alternatives


5 Authenticity and Cultural Origins

1 Two kinds of contextualism

2 Four kinds of appropriation

3 Moral concerns

4 Culture

5 Authenticity

6 Modernity and authenticity


6 Defining Art

1 Philosophical definition

2 Historical background

3 Functional definitions

4 Institutional definitions

5 Historical definitions

6 The cluster account


7 Aesthetics

1 Aesthetic judgments and properties

2 Supervenience

3 Two complications

4 Aesthetics and nature

5 Formalism and detachment

6 Making special

7 Pleasure and appreciation


8 Beyond the Fine Arts

1 Popular and mass art

2 Standard criticisms of popular art

3 Social consequences of popular culture

4 Gender and race

5 Everyday aesthetics


9 Artistic and aesthetic value

1 Three kinds of value

2 The uniqueness thesis

3 Value empiricism

4 Instrumental value

5 An alternative analysis

6 Appreciation

7 Cognitive value


10 Conclusion

References

Index
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Review Text

"A valuable introduction which is unusual in both offering students extremely clear accounts of philosophers' efforts in the field and also highly provocative and relevant questions for them to use as ways of digesting the material."
Consciousness, Literature and the Arts
"Gracyk's Philosophy of Art mingles deft presentation of philosophical positions with insightful examples of artworks that illustrate or challenge those positions. This clear and methodical introduction considers fine art as well as popular culture, and the text is interspersed with thought-provoking exercises. An excellent read for students and professionals alike."
Carolyn Korsmeyer, University at Buffalo (SUNY)
"Gracyk's book introduces classical questions in philosophy of art and fresh contemporary issues that will capture the interest of undergraduates. Written in a clear, accessible style, it is replete with examples drawn from the fine arts and popular culture. Gracyk succeeds in being both rigorous and engaging. Highly recommended."
James O. Young, University of Victoria
"With its fresh and even-handed approach to the most recent developments, its delightful use of example, and its clean prose, this book is the perfect introduction to how to use philosophy to think clearly, creatively, and deeply about art and the aesthetic."
Dominic McIver Lopes, University of British Columbia
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"A valuable introduction which is unusual in both offering students extremely clear accounts of philosophers efforts in the field and also highly provocative and relevant questions for them to use as ways of digesting the material." Consciousness, Literature and the Arts "Gracyk's Philosophy of Art mingles deft presentation of philosophical positions with insightful examples of artworks that illustrate or challenge those positions. This clear and methodical introduction considers fine art as well as popular culture, and the text is interspersed with thought-provoking exercises. An excellent read for students and professionals alike." Carolyn Korsmeyer, University at Buffalo (SUNY) "Gracyk's book introduces classical questions in philosophy of art and fresh contemporary issues that will capture the interest of undergraduates. Written in a clear, accessible style, it is replete with examples drawn from the fine arts and popular culture. Gracyk succeeds in being both rigorous and engaging. Highly recommended." James O. Young, University of Victoria "With its fresh and even-handed approach to the most recent developments, its delightful use of example, and its clean prose, this book is the perfect introduction to how to use philosophy to think clearly, creatively, and deeply about art and the aesthetic." Dominic McIver Lopes, University of British Columbia
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About Theodore Gracyk

Theodore Gracyk is department chair and professor of philosophy at Minnesota State University.
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