Contemporary Philosophy of Art: Readings in Analytic Aesthetics / Edition 1

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An anthology of contemporary readings in analytic aesthetics, this reference reflects the relationships among the central aesthetic concerns of recent years. Providing a new perspective on the contemporary philosophy of art, this volume examines the challenge of Postmodernism and how it may or may not affect the future of analytic aesthetics ... offers a case study of the progress that has been made in handling the problem of expression in the arts ... reconceptualizes the concepts of the art work, its properties, and our experience and evaluation of it -- to take into account an expanding cultural, sociological contextualization, i.e., art as a culturally emergent product of social institutions and conventions ... features several readings organized around clusters of writers discussing each other's ideas and proposals, including: Beardsley, Dickie, and Blizek -- Wolterstorff, Levinson, and Bender -- Stolnitz and Dickie -- Beardsley, Margolis, and Novitz -- and Sibley and Dickie. Suitable for professionals in the art industry and anyone interested in the philosophy or aesthetics of art.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130180865
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 2/28/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 607
  • Product dimensions: 7.12 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Taking Stock 1
Analytic Aesthetics: Retrospect and Prospect 10
Letting the Sunshine In: Has Analysis Made Aesthetics Clear? 19
The Eclipse and Recovery of Analytic Aesthetics 34
Philosophy of Art After Analysis and Romanticism 55
2 The Postmodern Challenge 67
The Philosophy of Postmodernism 74
Art, Culture, and Postmodern Expression: A Communicative Aesthetic 78
The Contradictory Character of Postmodernism 93
Feminism in Context: A Role for Feminist Theory in Aesthetic Evaluation 106
3 Case in Point: Expressiveness and Art 123
Intuition and Expression 128
Does Traditional Aesthetics Rest on a Mistake? 134
Expressiveness 145
Is Music a Language of the Emotions? 150
Exemplification and Expression 159
The Concept of Expression: A Proposal 164
4 The Particularity of Art and the Generality of Theory 171
Critique of the Aesthetical Judgment 176
The Role of Theory in Aesthetics 191
The Artistic Enfranchisement of Real Objects: The Artworld 199
What Is Art? An Institutional Analysis 207
An Institutional Theory of Art 219
What Is a Work of Art? 225
5 Art and Its Properties 233
Regional Qualities 239
Aesthetic Concepts 243
The Variety of Aesthetic Qualities 260
Expressive Properties of Art 268
Categories of Art 282
6 What Sorts of Things Are Works of Art? 303
From Art and Its Objects: An Introduction to Aesthetics 309
The Ontological Peculiarity of Works of Art 317
Toward an Ontology of Art Works 322
What a Musical Work Is 338
Music and Metaphysics: Types and Patterns, Performances and Works 354
7 Aesthetic Experience and Art's Value 367
The Myth of the Aesthetic Attitude 373
The Aesthetic Point of View 384
The Activity of Aesthetic Experience 396
In Defense of Aesthetic Value 402
Instrumental Cognitivism 406
Aesthetic Responses and Works of Art 412
8 Questions of Interpretation 419
Critical Communication 424
The Testability of an Interpretation 433
Describing and Interpreting a Work of Art 444
Reinterpreting Interpretation 454
Hermeneutics and the 'Crisis' of Literature 471
Interpreting Art 481
9 Evaluating Art and the Relativism Controversy 493
The Refutation of Relativism 500
Robust Relativism 506
Towards a Robust Realism 516
Art and Beauty 531
General Criteria and Reasons in Aesthetics 535
Beardsley, Sibley, and Critical Principles 546
10 Art, Science, and Knowledge: Knowing the World through Art 557
Art and Knowledge 563
Interpretation in Science and in Art 570
Art and the Understanding 580
Literature, Science, and Reflection 582
Fiction and the Growth of Knowledge 585
Art as a Source of Knowledge: Linking Analytic Aesthetics and Epistemology 593
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