For the Love of Beauty: Art History and the Moral Foundations of Aesthetic Judgement / Edition 1

For the Love of Beauty: Art History and the Moral Foundations of Aesthetic Judgement / Edition 1

by Arthur Pontynen
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ISBN-10:
0765803011
ISBN-13:
9780765803016
Pub. Date:
12/01/2005
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis

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For The Love Of Beauty: Art, History, And The Moral Foundations Of Aesthetic Judgment by Arthur Pontynen (Professor of Art History, University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh) is a challenging and scholarly view of Western art history through the touchstone of a prerequisite search, even a quest for 'the good, the true, and the beautiful.' Professor Pontynen questions the value of art in a world framed by the assumption of dogmatic aesthetics, instead of validating the search for truth, beauty, and goodness. Professor Pontynen applies this thesis or critical reference to Western art and art history from Classicism to Postmodernism. Further, he grounds his observations with examples from history, philosophy, aesthetics, and specific works of art. There are forty black and white photo reproductions of art works incorporated into the text. For The Love Of Beauty is a seminal, 364-page work of critical thought intended to challenge the reader to explore further those assumptions upon which all notions of beauty, truth, and goodness are based. It is a great scholarly text of particular interest to philosophers, art historians, as well as students and non-specialist general readers with an interest in ethics, aesthetics, and intellectual history.