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The appreciation of art and the pursuit of beauty are fundamental elements of human life, and for almost as long as we have engaged in philosophical inquiry we have been theorizing about aesthetic matters. Covering nearly 2,500 years of theory and analysis, this anthology offers the most comprehensive collection of readings on aesthetics and philosophy of art available. From Plato's Ion to work by contemporary philosophers of art, Aesthetics: A Comprehensive Anthology showcases classic texts that speak for themselves in revealing the development of philosophical thought about art and the aesthetic. Thorough, systematic, and flexible, this volume is an ideal guide to the field and makes an excellent textbook for a variety of courses in philosophical aesthetics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405154345
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/12/2007
  • Series: Blackwell Philosophy Anthologies Series , #19
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 704
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Alternative Table of Contents     ix
Preface and Acknowledgments     xvi
Source Acknowledgments     xvii
Classic Sources
Introduction   Paul Oskar Kristeller     3
Ion   Plato     16
The Republic   Plato     24
Symposium   Plato     34
Poetics   Aristotle     41
Ennead I, vi   Plotinus     57
De Musica   St. Augustine     64
On the Reduction of the Arts to Theology   St. Bonaventure     72
Characteristics of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times$dThird Earl of Shaftesbury     77
An Inquiry into the Original of Our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue   Francis Hutcheson     87
Of the Standard of Taste   David Hume     103
A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful   Edmund Burke     113
Laocoon   Gotthold Lessing     123
Critique of Judgement   Immanuel Kant     131
Modern Theories
Introduction   Christopher Janaway     163
Letter of an Aesthetic Education of Man   Friedrich Schiller     167
Philosophy of Art   Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph von Schelling     170
The Philosophy of Fine Art   Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel     180
The World as Will and Representation   Arthur Schopenhauer     193
The Beautiful in Music   Eduard Hanslick     217
The Birth of Tragedy   Friedrich Nietzsche     222
What is Art?   Leo Tolstoy     233
"Psychical Distance" as a Factor in Art and an Aesthetic Principle   Edward Bullough     243
Art   Clive Bell     261
Aesthetics   Benedetto Croce     270
The Principles of Art   R. G. Collingwood     282
Art as Experience   John Dewey     296
Feeling and Form   Susanne Langer     317
The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction   Walter Benjamin     327
The Origin of the Work of Art   Martin Heidegger     344
Aesthetic Theory   Theodor Adorno     358
Truth and Method   Hans-Georg Gadamer     370
Contemporary Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art
Introduction   Susan L. Feagin   Aaron Meskin     391
Aesthetic Problems of Modern Philosophy    Stanley Cavell     396
The Role of Theory in Aesthetics   Morris Weitz     409
The Artworld   Arthur Danto     417
What is Art? An Institutional Analysis   George Dickie     426
When is Art?   Nelson Goodman     438
Identifying Art   Noel Carroll     445
The Myth of the Aesthetic Attitude   George Dickie     455
Art and Its Objects   Richard Wollheim     466
What a Musical Work Is   Jerrold Levinson     479
Aesthetic Concepts   Frank Sibley     494
Beauty Restored   Mary Mothersill     509
Categories of Art   Kendall Walton     521
Appreciation and the Natural Environment   Allen Carlson     538
The Intentional Fallacy   W. K. Wimsatt, Jr.   Monroe Beardsley     547
The Postulated Author: Critical Monism as a Regulative Ideal   Alexander Nehamas     556
Art, Intention, and Conversation   Noel Carroll     568
The Ethical Criticism of Art   Berys Gaut     589
Expressive Properties of Art   Guy Sircello     602
Style and Personality in the Literary Work   Jenefer Robinson     616
Emotions in the Music   Peter Kivy     628
Fearing Fictions   Kendall Walton     637
Oppressive Texts, Resisting Readers, and the Gendered Spectator: The "New" Aesthetics   Mary Devereaux     651
Index     664
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  • Posted March 15, 2010

    Aesthetics Text

    "Aesthetics: a Comprehensive Book" was a required text book for an Aesthetics class I am taking. Cahn includes a variety of readings ranging from ancient philosophers Plato and Artistotle through to modern philosophers. Cahn offers a variety of approaches and arguments to study in "Aestheics." As I am taking an introductory course, I find this text is not an accessible text for most classmates. Many students struggle to read a majority of the text and there are a few that do not comprehend at all. I wished there were articles provided that were written in more "common" terms. Or perhaps the text could offer an aside with an elementary explanation of the philosophy.
    A good text for a more advanced student of Aesthetics.

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