Contemporary Debates in Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art / Edition 1

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Contemporary Debates in Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art features 22 original essays by leading authors in aesthetics and the philosophy of art. A pair of contrasting essays addresses each of 11 distinct issues, including the nature of beauty, aesthetic experience, artistic value, and the nature of our emotional responses to art.
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“These lively debates by some of today’s most prominent philosophers of art explore the multiple ways the arts engage our cognition, imagination, emotions, and even our moral sensibilities. The accessibility of these discussions makes them ideal for classroom use, while their range and depth make them equally of interest to philosophers who work in the field.” Susan Feagin, Temple University

“By virtue of its astute selection of topics and distinguished contributors, this volume will help to advance debate on a number of central issues in contemporary aesthetics. It also provides an excellent central text for a cutting-edge course on the subject.” Paisley Livingston, Lingnan University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405102407
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/12/2005
  • Series: Contemporary Debates in Philosophy Series , #12
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Kieran is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Leeds. He is author of Media Ethics: A Philosophical Approach (1997) and Revealing Art (2005), and editor of Media Ethics (1998) and Imagination, Philosophy and the Arts (with Dominic Lopes, 2003).

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Table of Contents

Introduction : a conceptual map of issues in aesthetics and the philosophy of art 1
1 Aesthetic empiricism and the challenge of fakes and ready-mades 11
2 Against enlightened empiricism 22
3 Beauty and ugliness in and out of context 39
4 Terrible beauties 51
5 Aesthetic experience : a question of content 69
6 The aesthetic state of mind 98
7 Art and cognition 115
8 Cognitive values in the arts : marking the boundaries 127
9 The speaking image : visual communication and the nature of depiction 145
10 The domain of depiction 160
11 Artistic expression and the hard case of pure music 179
12 Musical expressiveness as hearability-as-expression 192
13 Anne Bronte and the uses of imagination 209
14 Imagine that! 222
15 Genuine rational fictional emotions 241
16 The challenge of irrationalism, and how not to meet it 254
17 Interpretation and the problem of the relevant intention 269
18 Art, meaning, and artist's meaning 282
19 There are no aesthetic principles 299
20 Iron, leather, and critical principles 313
21 Artistic value and opportunistic moralism 331
22 Ethical criticism and the vice of moderation 342
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