Philosophy of the Arts: An Introduction to Aesthetics / Edition 3

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Overview

Philosophy of the Arts presents a comprehensive and accessible introduction to those coming to aesthetics and the philosophy of art for the first time. The third edition is greatly enhanced by new sections on art and beauty, modern art, Aristotle and katharsis, and Hegel. Each chapter has been thoroughly revised with fresh material and extended discussions. As with previous editions, the book:

  • is jargon-free and will appeal to students of music, art history and literature as well as philosophy
  • looks at a wide range of the arts from film, painting and architecture to fiction, music and poetry
  • discusses a range of philosophical theories of thinkers such as Hume, Kant, Gaender, Collingwood, Derrida, Hegel and Croce
  • contains regular summaries and suggestions for further reading.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'The new edition of Philosophy of the Arts provides one of the most comprehensive and pellucid introductions to aesthetics on the market.' - Andy Hamilton, Durham University

Reviews of the second edition:

'…clear, comprehensive yet philosophically complex.' - Matthew Kieran, University of Leeds

'…accessible, wide-ranging and above all engaged.' - Jerrold Levinson, University of Maryland

'Gordon Graham’s book is a delight – urbane and authoritative, accessible to all.' - Peter Lamarque, University of Hull

'An excellent introduction to philosophical aesthetics, which also makes its own distinctive and original contribution to the subject.' - Alex Neill, University of Southampton

Booknews
In his introductory examination of the value of art, Graham philosophy, King's College uses a wide variety of examples to discuss various theories pleasure, emotion, understanding, and meaning both in the way they influence our common thinking and in the more precise form in which they are found in the writings of famous philosophers. Finally, he addresses the more abstract and difficult questions about the proper basis of aesthetics and art theory. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415349796
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/28/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,050,433
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

GORDON GRAHAM is Regius Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen.

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Table of Contents

1 Art and pleasure 3
2 Art and beauty 14
3 Art and emotion 31
4 Art and understanding 52
5 Music and sonic art 76
6 The visual arts 103
7 The literary arts 127
8 The performing arts 149
9 Architecture as an art 164
10 Modern art 183
11 The aesthetics of nature 200
12 Theories of art 221
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