The Blackwell Guide to Aesthetics is the most authoritativesurvey of the central issues in contemporary aesthetics available.The volume features eighteen newly commissioned papers on theevaluation of art, the interpretation of art, and many other formsof art such as literature, movies, and music.
- Provides a guide to the central traditional and cutting edgeissues in aesthetics today.
- Written by a distinguished cast of contributors, includingPeter Kivy, George Dickie, Noël Carroll, Paul Guyer, TedCohen, Marcia Eaton, Joseph Margolis, Berys Gaut, NicholasWolterstrorff, Susan Feagin, Peter Lamarque, Stein Olsen, FrancisSparshott, Alan Goldman, Jenefer Robinson, Mary Mothersill, DonaldCrawford, Philip Alperson, Laurent Stern and Amie Thomasson.
- Functions as the ideal text for undergraduate and graduatecourses in aesthetics, art theory, and philosophy of art.
About the Author
Peter Kivy is Board of Governors professor of philosophy at Rutgers University and a past president of the American Society for Aesthetics. His most recent books are The Possessor and the Possessed: Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, and the Idea of Musical Genius (2001), New Essays on Musical Understanding (2001), and Introduction to a Philosophy of Music (2002).
Table of Contents
Notes on Contributors.
Introduction: Aesthetics Today.
Part I: The Core Issues:.
1. The Origins of Modern Aesthetics: 1711—35: Paul Guyer(University of Pennsylvania).
2. Defining Art: Intension and Extension: George Dickie(University of Illinois, Chicago).
3. Art and the Aesthetic: Marcia Muelder Eaton (University ofMinnesota).
4. The Ontology of Art: Amie L. Thomasson (University ofMiami).
5. Evaluating Art: Alan Goldman (College of William &Mary).
6. Interpretation in Aesthetics: Laurent Stern (RutgersUniversity).
7. Art and the Moral Realm: Noël Carroll (University ofWisconsin – Madison).
8. Beauty and the Critic’s Judgment: Remapping Aesthetics:Mary Mothersill (Barnard College).
9. The Philosophy of Taste: Thoughts on the Idea: Ted Cohen(University of Chicago).
10. The Emotions in Art: Jenefer Robinson (University ofCincinnati).
Part II: The Arts and Other Matters:.
11. The Philosophy of Literature: Pleasure Restored: PeterLamarque (University of York) and Stein Haugom Olsen (LingnanUniversity).
12. The Philosophy of the Visual Arts: Perceiving Pictures:Joseph Margolis (Temple University).
13. The Philosophy of the Movies: Cinematic Narration: BerysGaut (University of St. Andrews).
14. The Philosophy of Music: Formalism and Beyond: PhilipAlperson (Temple University).
15. The Philosophy of Dance: Bodies in Motion, Bodies at Rest:Francis Sparshott (University of Toronto).
16. Tragedy: Susan Feagin (Temple University).
17. The Aesthetics of Nature and the Environment: Donald W.Crawford (University of California, Santa Barbara).
18. Art and the Aesthetic: The Religious Dimension: NicholasWolterstorff (Yale University).
What People are Saying About This
"This volume vaults the reader immediately into the center of philosophical conversation about the arts. The high-caliber authors advance substantive positions on a very satisfying sweep of issues, and the resulting whole displays to advantage both the good sense and provocativeness of contemporary Anglo-American aesthetics." Eileen John, University of Louisville
"From a volume of this kind one wants sharply focused essays on central themes, by fair-minded but opinionated experts. In a few pages they have to tell us how we got to where we are, and why it matters. This is not an easy specification to fill, but the success rate in The Blackwell Guide to Aesthetics is high." Gregory Currie, University of Nottingham