An Introduction to the Philosophy of Art

An Introduction to the Philosophy of Art

by Richard Eldridge


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An Introduction to the Philosophy of Art by Richard Eldridge

An Introduction to the Philosophy of Art is a clear and compact survey of philosophical theories of the nature and value of art, including in its scope literature, painting, sculpture, music, dance, architecture, movies, conceptual art and performance art. This second edition incorporates significant new research on topics including pictorial depiction, musical expression, conceptual art, Hegel, and art and society. Drawing on classical and contemporary philosophy, literary theory and art criticism, Richard Eldridge explores the representational, formal and expressive dimensions of art. He argues that the aesthetic and semantic density of the work, in inviting imaginative exploration, makes works of art cognitively, morally and socially important. This importance is further elaborated in discussions of artistic beauty, originality, imagination and criticism. His accessible study will be invaluable to students of philosophy of art and aesthetics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107041691
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/28/2014
Series: Cambridge Introductions to Philosophy
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Richard Eldridge is Charles and Harriett Cox McDowell Professor of Philosophy at Swarthmore College. He is the author of five books, including most recently Literature, Life, and Modernity (2008), and the editor of four volumes, including The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Literature (2009) and (with Bernard Rhie) Stanley Cavell and Literary Studies: Consequences of Skepticism (2011).

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