An Introduction to the Philosophy of Art

An Introduction to the Philosophy of Art

by Richard Eldridge
     
 

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… See more details below

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521801355
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/31/2003
Series:
Cambridge Introductions to Philosophy Series
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1The situation and tasks of the philosophy of art1
2Representation, imitation, and resemblance25
3Beauty and form47
4Expression68
5Originality and imagination102
6Understanding art128
7Identifying and evaluating art150
8Art and emotion183
9Art and morality205
10Art and society: some contemporary practices of art231
11Epilogue: the evidence of things not seen259
Bibliography264
Index277

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