An Introduction to Aesthetics: An Introductory Text with Readings / Edition 1

An Introduction to Aesthetics: An Introductory Text with Readings / Edition 1

by Dabney Townsend
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An Introduction to Aesthetics: An Introductory Text with Readings / Edition 1

This volume is a fascinating introduction to the core themes and basic methods of aesthetics and the philosophy of art. Providing an analytic and historical treatment of the issues, and including many illustrative examples to both motivate and reinforce theoretical discussion, An Introduction to Aesthetics is the ideal course book for the philosophical novice. It includes an Appendix (containing the texts referred to in the book), a comprehensive Glossary and further reading suggestions to help the student reader develop a deeper comprehension of the field.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781557867308
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 12/28/1997
Series: Introducing Philosophy Series
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Dabney Townsend is Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Humanities at the University of Texas at Arlington. He has written extensively in the field of aesthetics, particularly on the developments in aesthetics in the eighteenth century, and has recently edited Aesthetics: Classic Readings in Western Tradition (1996).

Table of Contents

List of Acknowledgements.


1. Language About Art and Aesthetics.

Getting Started. Aesthetic Predicates.

Criticism and Value Terms.

The Problem of Definition.

2. Aesthetic Analysis and Its Objects.

Formal Analysis.

Aesthetic Objects.

3. The Artist and the Work of Art.

The Artist's Intentions.


Creativity and Originality.

Breaking the Connection Between Artist and Art.

4. The Audience and the Work of Art.

Attitudes of the Audience.

Critics and Criticism.

Institutions and the Role of the Audience.

5. The Artist and the Audience.

The Aesthetics of Reception.

Mythpoesis: Myth and Ritual.

Institutional and Post-Institutional Aesthetics.




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