Aesthetics / Edition 1

Aesthetics / Edition 1

by Susan L. Feagin
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

ISBN-10: 0192892754

ISBN-13: 9780192892751

Pub. Date: 04/09/1998

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Can we ever claim to understand a work of art or be objective about it? Why have cultures thought it important to separate out a group of objects and call them art? What does aesthetics contribute to our understanding of the natural landscape? Are the concepts of art and the aesthetic elitist?
Addressing these and other issues in aesthetics, this important new

Overview

Can we ever claim to understand a work of art or be objective about it? Why have cultures thought it important to separate out a group of objects and call them art? What does aesthetics contribute to our understanding of the natural landscape? Are the concepts of art and the aesthetic elitist?
Addressing these and other issues in aesthetics, this important new Oxford Reader includes articles by authors ranging from Aristotle and Xie-He to Jun'ichiro Tanizaki, Michael Baxandall, and Susan Sontag. It focuses on why art and a variety of aesthetics matter to us, and on how perceivers participate in and contribute to the experience of appreciating a work of art. With its multicultural and multidisciplinary scope, this volume shows how anthropology, art history, Chinese theories of painting, and other perspectives both enrich and provide alternatives to classic philosophical accounts of art and the aesthetic.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192892751
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/09/1998
Series:
Oxford Readers Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
1,214,739
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1. What is distinctive about the aesthetic?
2. Why is it important to recognize objects as art?
3. Art as a vehicle for expression, creativity and freedom
4. Is it ever possible to understand a work of art?
5. Why is it important to respond emotionally to art?
6. Are evaluations of art objective?
Notes
Further Reading
Biographical Details
Index

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >