Aesthetics: A Reader in Philosophy of the Arts / Edition 2

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  • 17 new excerpts and articles
  • Illustrated articles
  • Rewritten, updated, and expanded introductions
  • Increased emphasis on the popular arts
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131121447
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 5/25/2004
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 541
  • Sales rank: 1,193,562
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.03 (d)

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David Goldblatt and Lee B. Brown introduce students to philosophy of the arts using classic and contemporary works of leading philosophers. Their unique collection of 90 readings provide students with a broad perspective of philosophical thinking about the individual arts, including painting, photography, film, architecture, music, dance, literature, performance, and popular art. Of note are the works of Plato, Aristotle, Burke, Hume, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Derrida, Foucault, Baudrillard, Lyotard, Heidegger, Benjamin, and Adorno.

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Table of Contents


Against Imitation, Plato. The Limits of Likeness, Ernst Gombrich. Languages of Art, Nelson Goodman. Artistic Crimes, Denis Dutton. Form in Modern Painting, Clive Bell. A Formal Analysis, Edmund Burke Feldman. On Modernist Painting, Clement Greenberg. Intentional Visual Interest, Michael Baxandall. Works of Art and Mere Real Things, Arthur C. Danto. The Origin of the Work of Art, Martin Heidegger. Why Are There No Great Women Artists? Linda Nochlin. The Paradox of Expression, Garry L. Hagberg. Painting and Ethics, Anne Eaton.


The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, Walter Benjamin. Transparent Pictures, Kendall L. Walton. What's Special about Photography? Ted Cohen. Allegory of the Cave, Plato. The Power of Movies, Noël Carroll. Woman as Image, Man as Bearer of the Look, Laura Mulvey. Audience, Actor, and Star, Stanley Cavell. Beauty and Evil: The Case of Leni Riefenstahl, Mary Devereaux.


The Problem of Architecture, Roger Scruton. Virtual Space, Suzanne K. Langer. Ornament and Crime, Adolf Loos. Towards an Architecture, Le Corbusier. Architecture as Decorated Shelter, Robert Venturi. A Discussion of Architecture (with Christopher Norris), Jacques Derrida. The Dislocation of the Architectural Self, David Goldblatt. Nolo Contendere, Jeffrey Kipnis. Nature and Art, Donald Crawford. Something There Is That Doesn't Love a Wall, Patricia Cl. Phillips.


The Expression and Arousal of Emotion in Music, Jenefer Robinson. A Wealth of Wordless Knowledge, Diana Raffman. Representation in Music, Roger Scruton. Sound and Semblance, Peter Kivy. TheRecording Angel, Evan Eisenberg. Phonography. Lee B. Brown. Being True to the Work, Lydia Goehr. <L>African Music, John Miller Chernoff. On the Concept of Music, Jerrold Levinson.


Virtual Powers, Suzanne K. Langer. What Is Going on in a Dance? Monroe C. Beardsley. Working and Dancing, Noël Carroll and Sally Banes. The Dance of & Sacuteiva, Ananda K. Coomaraswamy.


What Is Literature? Terry Eagleton. The Poetic Expression of Emotion, R.G. Collingwood. The Intention of the Author, Monroe Beardsley. What Is an Author? Michel Foucault. Criticism as Retrieval, Richard Wollheim. Beneath Interpretation, Richard Shusterman. How to Eat a Chinese Poem, Richard Bodman. Imagination and Make-Believe, Gregory Currie.


Ion, Plato. On Tragedy, Aristotle. The Birth of Tragedy, Friedrich Nietzsche. On Oedipus Rex and Hamlet, Sigmund Freud. Live Performance in a Mediatized Culture, Philip Auslander. Literature as a Performing Art, J.O. Urmson.


The Postmodern Condition, Jean-François Lyotard. Television and Aesthetics, Umberto Eco. Simulations, Jean Baudrillard. Plato and the Mass Media, Alexander Nehamas. Adornos Case against Popular Music, Lee B. Brown. Form and Funk, Richard Shusterman. Social Consciousness in Dancehall Reggae, Anita M. Waters. Why Is Rock Music So Noisy? Theodore Gracyk. Can White People Sing the Blues? Joel Rudinow. Kitsch, Robert Solomon. Jokes, Ted Cohen. What Are Comics? Greg Hayman and Henry John Pratt. Ventriloquism, David Goldblatt. Pornography, Joel Feinberg. The Real Harm of Pornography, Catharine A. MacKinnon. Defining Mass Art, Noël Carroll.


Of the Standard of Taste, David Hume. The Sublime, Edmund Burke. Judgments about the Beautiful, Immanuel Kant. The Philosophy of Fine Art, G.W.F. Hegel. Art as Experience, John Dewey.


Aesthetic Concepts, Frank Sibley. Categories of Art, Kendall L. Walton. The Role of Theory in Aesthetics, Morris Weitz. Art as a Social Institution, George Dickie. Feminism in Context, Peg Zeglin Brand. A Different Plea for Disinterest, Theodore Gracyk. Are Art Museums Racist? Maurice Berger. The War on Culture, Carole S. Vance. Art and Taxes, Paul Mattick. Aesthetic Appreciation of the Natural Environment, Allen Carlson.

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