An Introduction to the Philosophy of Art

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In this book Richard Eldridge presents a clear and compact survey of philosophical theories of the nature and significance of art. Drawing on materials from classical and contemporary philosophy as well as from literary theory and art criticism, he explores the representational, expressive, and formal dimensions of art, and he argues that works of art present their subject matter in ways that are of enduring cognitive, moral, and social interest. His discussion, illustrated with a wealth of examples, ranges over ...
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Overview

In this book Richard Eldridge presents a clear and compact survey of philosophical theories of the nature and significance of art. Drawing on materials from classical and contemporary philosophy as well as from literary theory and art criticism, he explores the representational, expressive, and formal dimensions of art, and he argues that works of art present their subject matter in ways that are of enduring cognitive, moral, and social interest. His discussion, illustrated with a wealth of examples, ranges over topics such as beauty, originality, imagination, imitation, the ways in which we respond emotionally to art, and why we argue about which works are good, His accessible study will be invaluable to students and to all readers who are interested in the relation between thought and art.
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"...a lucid, nuanced, and spirited account of art theory..." Philosophy in Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781107041691
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2014
  • Series: Cambridge Introductions to Philosophy
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Eldridge is Charles and Harriett Cox McDowell Professor of Philosophy at Swarthmore College. He is the author of five books, including most recently Literature, Life, and Modernity (2008), and the editor of four volumes, including The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Literature (2009) and (with Bernard Rhie) Stanley Cavell and Literary Studies: Consequences of Skepticism (2011).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 The situation and tasks of the philosophy of art 1
2 Representation, imitation, and resemblance 25
3 Beauty and form 47
4 Expression 68
5 Originality and imagination 102
6 Understanding art 128
7 Identifying and evaluating art 150
8 Art and emotion 183
9 Art and morality 205
10 Art and society: some contemporary practices of art 231
11 Epilogue: the evidence of things not seen 259
Bibliography 264
Index 277
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