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A Theory of Art / Edition 1
     

A Theory of Art / Edition 1

by Karol Berger
 

ISBN-10: 0195158520

ISBN-13: 9780195158526

Pub. Date: 11/28/2002

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

What, if anything, has art to do with the rest of our lives, and in particular with those ethical and political issues that matter to us most? Will art created today be likely to play a role in our lives as profound as that of the best art of the past?

A Theory of Art shifts the focus of aesthetics from the traditional debate of "what is art?" to the

Overview

What, if anything, has art to do with the rest of our lives, and in particular with those ethical and political issues that matter to us most? Will art created today be likely to play a role in our lives as profound as that of the best art of the past?

A Theory of Art shifts the focus of aesthetics from the traditional debate of "what is art?" to the engaging question of "what is art for?" Skillfully describing the social and historical situation of art today, author Karol Berger argues that music exemplifies the current condition of art in a radical, acute, and revealing fashion. He also uniquely combines aesthetics with poetics and hermeneutics. Offering a careful synthesis of a wide breadth of scholarship from art history, musicology, literary studies, political philosophy, ethics, and metaphysics, and written in a clear, accessible style, this book will appeal to anyone with a serious interest in the arts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195158526
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue. The Function and value of art
Part I. Aesthetics: the end of artworks
1. Aesthetics I. The nature of art
2. Aesthetics II. The uses of art
3. Aesthetics III. The genealogy of modern European art music
Part II. Poetics and hermeneutics: the contents and interpretation of artworks
4. Poetics I. Diegesis and mimesis: the poetic modes and the matter of artistic presentation
5. Poetics II. Narrative and lyric: the poetic forms and the object of artistic presentation
6. Hermenetics. Interpretation and its validity
Epilogue. The power of taste
Notes

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