Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art: The Analytic Tradition: an Anthology / Edition 1

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This anthology provides comprehensive coverage of the major contributions of analytic philosophy to aesthetics and the philosophy of art, from the earliest beginnings in the 1950’s to the present time.

  • Traces the contributions of the analytic tradition to aesthetics and the philosophy of art, from the 1950’s to the present time.
  • Designed as a comprehensive guide to the field, it presents the most often-cited papers that students and researchers encounter.
  • Addresses a wide range of topics, including identifying art, ontology, intention and interpretation, values of art, aesthetic properties, fictionality, and the aesthetics of nature.
  • Explores particular art forms, including pictorial art, literature, music, and the popular arts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405105828
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Series: Blackwell Philosophy Anthologies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 584
  • Sales rank: 929,950
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Lamarque is Professor of Philosophy and Head of Department at the University of York. He has published widely on fictionality, philosophy of literature, and aesthetics, including Truth, Fiction, and Literature (1994, with Stein Haugom Olsen) and Fictional Points of View (1996). He is Editor of the British Journal of Aesthetics and was also philosophy subject editor for the 10-volume Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics.

Stein Haugom Olsen is Chair Professor of Humanities and Head of the Department of Philosophy at Lingnan University, Hong Kong. He is the author of The Structure of Literary Understanding (1978) and The End of Literary Theory (1987), as well as more than forty articles on literary theory, literary criticism, and aesthetics. He is an elected fellow of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

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Table of Contents



General Introduction. .

Part I: Identifying Art.


1. The Role of Theory in Aesthetics (Morris Weitz).

2. What Makes a Situation Aesthetic (J. O. Urmson).

3. The Artworld (Arthur C. Danto).

4. Defining Art Historically (Jerrold Levinson).

5. The New Institutional Theory of Art (George Dickie).

6. An Aesthetic Definition of Art (Monroe C. Beardsley).

7. Weitz’s Anti-Essentialism (Stephen Davies).

Part II: Ontology of Art.


8. The Ontological Peculiarity of Works of Art (Joseph Margolis).

9. What a Musical Work Is (Jerrold Levinson).

10. Platonism in Music: A Kind of Defence (Peter Kivy).

11. Art Works as Action Types (Gregory Currie).

Part III: Aesthetic Properties.


12. Aesthetic Concepts (Frank Sibley).

13. Categories of Art (Kendall L. Walton).

14. The Possibility of Aesthetic Realism (Philip Pettit).

Part IV: Intention and Interpretation.


15. The ‘Meaning’ of a Literary Work (Stein Haugom Olsen).

16. Intentions and Interpretations: A Fallacy Revived (Monroe C. Beardsley).

17. Intention and Interpretation in Literature (Jerrold Levinson).

18. The Constructivist’s Dilemma (Robert Stecker).

Part V: Values of Art.


19. Aesthetic Appraisal and Works of Art (P. F. Strawson).

20. Particularity, Art and Evaluation (Frank Sibley).

21. From The Test of Time (Anthony Savile).

22. From Values of Art (Malcolm Budd).

23. Tragedy and Moral Value (Peter Lamarque).

24. The Ethical Criticism of Art (Berys Gaut).

Part VI: Fictionality.


25. How Can We Be Moved By the Fate of Anna Karenina (Colin Radford).

26. Fearing Fictions (Kendall L. Walton).

27. The Logical Status of Fictional Discourse (John Searle).

28. How Can We Fear and Pity Fictions (Peter Lamarque).

29. On the Cognitive Triviality of Art (Jerome Stolnitz).

Part VII: Pictorial Art.


30. Are Representations Symbols (Kendall L. Walton).

31. Photography and Representation (Roger Scruton).

32. Originals, Copies, and Aesthetic Value (Jack W. Meiland).

33. How Pictures Look (Malcolm Budd).

34. On Pictorial Representation (Richard Wollheim).

Part VIII: Literature.


35. Style and Personality in the Literary Work (Jenefer M. Robinson).

36. Literary Aesthetics and Literary Practice (Stein Haugom Olsen).

37. The Death of the Author: An Analytical Autopsy (Peter Lamarque).

Part IX: Music.


38. Understanding Music (Roger Scruton).

39. The Profundity of Music (Peter Kivy).

40. Expression and Arousal of Emotion in Music (Jenefer M. Robinson).

Part X: Popular Art.


41. The Power of Movies (Noël Carroll).

42. Prolegomena to Any Aesthetics of Rock Music (Bruce Baugh).

43. Rock versus Classical Music (Stephen Davies).

Part XI: Aesthetics of Nature.


44. Contemporary Aesthetics and the Neglect of Natural Beauty (R. W. Hepburn).

45. Appreciation and the Natural Environment (Allen Carlson).

46. The Aesthetic Appreciation of Nature (Malcolm Budd).


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