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Contemplating Art

Contemplating Art

by Jerrold Levinson


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Contemplating Art is a compendium of writings from the last ten years by one of the leading figures in aesthetics, Jerrold Levinson. The twenty-four essays range over issues in general aesthetics and those relating to specific arts—in particular music, film, and literature. It will appeal not only to philosophers but also to musicologists, literary theorists, art critics, and reflective lovers of the arts.

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ISBN-13: 9780199206186
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 01/28/2007
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Jerrold Levinson is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Maryland, College Park. His publications include Music, Art, and Metaphysics (1990), The Pleasures of Aesthetics (1998), and Music in the Moment (1998). He is the editor of The Oxford Handbook of Aesthetics (2003) and co-editor of Aesthetic Concepts (2001). He is Past President of the American Society for Aesthetics and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Aesthetics. His work is widely anthologized and translated into various languages.

Table of Contents

Part One. Art
1. The Irreducible Historicality of the Concept of Art
2. Artworks as Artifacts
3. Emotion in Response to Art
4. Elster on Artistic Creativity
Part Two. Music
5. Sound, Gesture, Space, and the Expression of Emotion in Music
6. Musical Expressiveness as Hearability-as-Expression
7. Non-existent Artforms and the Case of Visual Music
8. Music as Narrative and Music as Drama
9. Film Music and Narrative Agency
10. Evaluating Music
11. Musical Thinking
12. Musical Chills
Part Three. Pictures
13. Wollheim on Pictorial Representation
14. What Is Erotic Art?
15. Erotic Art and Pornographic Pictures
Part Four. Interpretation
16. Two Notions of Interpretation
17. Who's Afraid of a Paraphrase?
18. Hypothetical Intentionalism: Statement, Objections, and Replies
Part Five. Aesthetic Properties
19. Aesthetic Properties, Evaluative Force, and Differences of Sensibility
20. What Are Aesthetic Properties?
Part Six. History
21. The Aesthetics of Schopenhauer
22. Hume's Standard of Taste: The Real Problem
Part Seven. Other Matters
23. The Concept of Humour
24. Intrinsic Value and the Notion of a Life

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