The Philosophy of Art is a highly accessible introduction tocurrent key issues and debates in aesthetics and philosophy of art.Chapters on standard topics are balanced by topics of interest totoday's students, including creativity, authenticity, culturalappropriation, and the distinction between popular and fine art.Other topics include emotive expression, pictorial representation,definitional strategies, and artistic value. Presupposing no priorknowledge of philosophy, Theodore Gracyk draws on three decades ofteaching experience to provide a balanced and engaging overview,clear explanations, and many thought-provoking examples.
All chapters have a strong focus on current debates in thefield, yet historical figures are not neglected. Major currenttheories are set beside key ideas from Plato, Aristotle, Kant,Marx, and Hegel. Chapters conclude with advice on further readings,and there are recommendations of films that will serve as a basisfor further reflection and discussion. Key ideas are immediatelyaccompanied by exercises that will test students' reactions andunderstanding. Many chapters call attention to ideology,prejudices, and common clichés that interfere with clearthinking.
Beautifully written and thoroughly comprehensive, ThePhilosophy of Art is the ideal resource for anyone who wants toexplore recent developments in philosophical thinking about thearts. It is also provides the perfect starting point for anyone whowants to reflect on, and challenge, their own assumptions about thenature and value of art.
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About the Author
Theodore Gracyk is department chair and professor of philosophy at Minnesota State University.
Table of Contents
AcknowledgementsPreface1 Meaning, Interpretation, and Picturing1 Representations and pictures2 Theories of picturing3 Intentions and transparency in pictures and photographs4 Indiscernible counterparts5 Fine art2 Art as Expression1 Overview of expression theories2 Tolstoy's account of expressive art3 Collingwood's account of expressive art4 The expressive persona 5 Expression as arousal6 Revising the arousal theory7 Expression as cognitive recognition3 Meaning and Creativity1 Plato on creativity2 Kant on genius3 Metaphorical exemplification4 Hegel and Marx5 Material bases of creativity6 Feminism and creativity4 Fakes, Originals, and Ontology1 Multiples and singularities2 Abstract objects3 Problems and implications4 Fakes and originals5 Objections and alternatives5 Authenticity and Cultural Origins1 Two kinds of contextualism2 Four kinds of appropriation3 Moral concerns4 Culture5 Authenticity6 Modernity and authenticity6 Defining Art1 Philosophical definition2 Historical background 3 Functional definitions4 Institutional definitions 5 Historical definitions6 The cluster account7 Aesthetics1 Aesthetic judgments and properties2 Supervenience3 Two complications4 Aesthetics and nature 5 Formalism and detachment 6 Making special 7 Pleasure and appreciation8 Beyond the Fine Arts1 Popular and mass art2 Standard criticisms of popular art3 Social consequences of popular culture4 Gender and race5 Everyday aesthetics9 Artistic and aesthetic value1 Three kinds of value2 The uniqueness thesis3 Value empiricism4 Instrumental value 5 An alternative analysis6 Appreciation7 Cognitive value10 ConclusionReferencesIndex