From Plato's Ion to works by contemporary philosophers, thisanthology showcases classic texts to illuminate the development ofphilosophical thought about art and the aesthetic. This volume isthe most comprehensive collection of readings on aesthetics and thephilosophy of art currently available.
- Brings together the most significant writings in aesthetics andphilosophy of art from the past 2500 years
- Each section includes a useful introductory essay whichprovides an overview of developments in the field
- Broken down into three sections: Historical Sources, ModernTheories, and Contemporary Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art
- Thorough, systematic, and flexible, including two alternativetables of contents (historical and topical); an ideal textbook andguide to the field
About the Author
Steven M. Cahn is Professor of Philosophy at the GraduateCenter of the City University of New York. He is the author of ninebooks, including Fate, Logic, and Time, Saints and Scamps:Ethics in Academia, revised edition, Puzzles and Perplexities,second edition, and God, Reason, and Religion. He hasalso edited or co-edited some thirty volumes, including Classicsof Western Philosophy, now in its seventh edition.
Aaron Meskin is Lecturer in Philosophy at the Universityof Leeds. His publications on aesthetics have appeared in theBritish Journal of Aesthetics, the Journal of Aestheticsand Art Criticism, Philosophy and PhenomenologicalResearch and a number of anthologies. He is also aestheticseditor for the online journal Philosophy Compass(Wiley-Blackwell).
Table of Contents
Aesthetics: Classic and Contemporary Readings.
Edited by Cahn and Meskin.
Part I: Historical Sources.
1. The Modern System of the Arts: Paul Oskar Kristeller.
2. Ion: Plato.
3. The Republic: Plato.
4. Symposium: Plato.
5. Poetics: Aristotle.
6. Ennead I, vi: Plotinus.
7. Of Music: St. Augustine.
8. On the Reduction of the Arts to Theology: St.Bonaventure.
9. Characteristics of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times: Third Earlof Shaftesbury.
10. Inquiry into the Origins of our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue:Francis Hutcheson.
11. Of the Standard of Taste: David Hume.
12. Philosophical Inquiry into the Origin of our Ideas on theSublime and the Beautiful: Sir Edmund Burke.
13. Laocoon: Gotthold Lesing.
14. Critique of Judgment: Immanuel Kant.
Part II: Modern Theories.
15. Introduction to Modern Theories: Christopher Janaway.
16. Letter of an Aesthetic Education of Man: FriedrichSchiller.
17. Philosophy of Art: Friedrich J.W. Schelling.
18. The Philosophy of Fine Art: Georg W.F. Hegel.
19. The World as Will and Representation: ArthurSchopenhauer.
20. The Beautiful in Music: Eduard Hanslick.
21. The Birth of Tragedy: Friedrich Nietzsche.
22. What is Art?: Leo Tolstoy.
23. ‘Psychical Distance’ as a Factor in Art and asan Aesthetic Principle: Edward Bullough.
24. Art: Clive Bell.
25. Aesthetics: Benedetto Croce.
26. The Principles of Art: R.G. Collingwood.
27. Art as Experience: John Dewey.
28. Feeling and Form: Susanne Langer.
29. The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction:Walter Benjamin.
30. The Origin of the Work of Art: Martin Heidegger.
31. Aesthetic Theory: Theodor Adorno.
32. Truth and Method: Hans-Georg Gadamer.
Part III: Contemporary Aesthetics and Philosophy ofArt.
33. Introduction to Contemporary Aesthetics: Susan Feagin andAaron Meskin.
34. Aesthetic Problems of Modern Philosophy: Stanley Cavell.
35. The Role of Theory in Aesthetics: Morris Weitz.
36. The Artworld: Arthur Danto.
37. What is Art? An Institutional Analysis: George Dickie.
38. When is Art?: Nelson Goodman.
39. Identifying Art: Noel Carroll.
40. The Myth of the Aesthetic Attitude: George Dickie.
41. Art and its Objects: Richard Wollheim.
42. What a Musical Work Is: Jerrold Levinson.
43. Aesthetic Concepts: Frank Sibley.
44. Beauty Restored: Mary Mothersill.
45. Categories of Art: Kendall Walton.
46. Appreciation and the Natural Environment: Allen Carlson.
47. The Intentional Fallacy: W.K. Wimsatt and MonroeBeardsley.
48. The Postulated Author: Critical Monism as a RegulativeIdeal: Alexander Nehamas.
49. Art Intention and Conversation: Noel Carroll.
50. The Ethical Criticism of Art: Berys Gaut.
51. Expressive Properties of Art: Guy Sircello.
52. Style and Personality in the Literary Work: JeneferRobinson.
53. Emotions in the Music: Peter Kivy.
54. Fearing Fictions: Kendall Walton.
55. Oppressive Texts, Resisting Readers and the GenderedSpectator: Mary Devereaux
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"Aesthetics: a Comprehensive Book" was a required text book for an Aesthetics class I am taking. Cahn includes a variety of readings ranging from ancient philosophers Plato and Artistotle through to modern philosophers. Cahn offers a variety of approaches and arguments to study in "Aestheics." As I am taking an introductory course, I find this text is not an accessible text for most classmates. Many students struggle to read a majority of the text and there are a few that do not comprehend at all. I wished there were articles provided that were written in more "common" terms. Or perhaps the text could offer an aside with an elementary explanation of the philosophy. A good text for a more advanced student of Aesthetics.