A Companion to Aesthetics

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The nature of representation, the relation between art and truth, and the criteria for interpretation are among the most debated problems in contemporary philosophy. Questions about the nature of beauty and the relation between morality and art were among the earliest discussed by ancient philosophers. And today, a host of new issues has been prompted by recent developments in the arts and in philosophy, testifying to a great revival of interest in aesthetics and literary criticism. Alphabetically arranged, the ...
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The nature of representation, the relation between art and truth, and the criteria for interpretation are among the most debated problems in contemporary philosophy. Questions about the nature of beauty and the relation between morality and art were among the earliest discussed by ancient philosophers. And today, a host of new issues has been prompted by recent developments in the arts and in philosophy, testifying to a great revival of interest in aesthetics and literary criticism. Alphabetically arranged, the 130 articles in this volume provide comprehensive coverage of the main topics and writers in this area of aesthetics. The Companion will serve students of philosophy, literary criticism and cultural studies - as well as the general reader - both as a work of reference and, with its many substantial essays, as a guide to the best thinking about the arts in the late twentieth century.
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The range is phenomenal, the erudition daunting and the index rigorous. It is an essential purchase for all but the most tough-minded of academic reference collections and it would grace the shelves of many a public or personal library.
Cogito
It is a compendium to be welcomed.
Library Journal
Intended to provide scholars and students with a single-volume reference to the history and terminology of aesthetic concepts and theory, this dictionary-style work includes signed articles, varying in length from a column to three or four pages, with individual bibliographies. References to ideas, as well as to publications, go through 1990. For instance, the effect of revolution in eastern Europe on the history of Marxist art theory is discussed. The cross references included are necessary as well as useful, for some terms are really subtopics while other are too broad to be treated adequately in a single essay. In addition, the copy editing is occasionally erratic, resulting in errors like missing dates. This book will serve its intended scholarly audience, but it has too little to offer more general readers who might also be interested in the subject matter.-- Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley P.L., Cal.
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An alphabetically-arranged guide to the entire field of aesthetics, being both a reference and an in-depth examination of current thinking about the arts (aesthetics is used in the broad sense of philosophy of art, with art itself taken so broadly as to include, for instance, literature). The 130 articles survey the most significant concepts, problems, movements, and authors in the philosophy of art, documenting new directions of enquiry as well as traditional topics such as catharsis and the sublime. The articles vary from 1,200 to 4,000 words in length, and one, "Theories of Art," is much longer. Substantial bibliographies accompany each entry. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631178019
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/19/1993
  • Series: Blackwell Companions to Philosophy Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 7.09 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Meet the Author

David E. Cooper is Professor of Philosophy at Durham University.

Joseph Margolis is Professor of Philosophy at Temple University.

Crispin Sartwell is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alabama.

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Table of Contents

Contents
Introductin
List of Contributors
A Companion to Aesthetics - A - Z
Index

Contributors: Thomas M Alexander, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Douglas Anderson, Pennsylvania State University
George Bailey, East Carolina University
Robert Bernasconi, Memphis State University
Andrew Bowie, Anglia Plytechnic University
Malcolm Budd, University College London
Allen Carlson, University of Alberta
David Carrier, Carnegie Mellon University
Noel Carroll, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Wojciech Chojna, La Salle University
John Compton, Vanderbilt University
Steven Conner, Birkbeck College
David E Cooper, University of Durham
Donald Cullen, Bowling State University
Nicholas Davey, Cardiff, UK
Stephen Davies, University of Auckland
Kenneth J DeWoskin, University of Michigan
George Dickie, University of Illionois at Chicago
Martin Donougho, University of South Carolina
Richard Eldridge, Swarthmore College
Catherine Z Elgin, Lexington, Massachusetts
David Freedberg, Columbia University
Patrick Gardiner, Magdalen College, Oxford
Alan H Goldman, Universit of Miami
Timotthy Gould, Metropolitan State College of Denver
RAD Grant, University of Glasgow
Morris Grossman, Fairfield University

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