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An Introduction to the Philosophy of Art

2nd Edition

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  • Date Published: March 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107614444

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  • 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.

    • This new second edition incorporates significant new research from the last ten years, as well as an updated bibliography, a new introduction, and new research on topics including pictorial depiction, musical expression, conceptual art, Hegel, and art and society
    • Presents recent work on topics such as the controversies about Mapplethorpe, Finley, et al., and attention to newer forms of conceptual and performance art
    • Combines classical and contemporary philosophy, literary theory, and art criticism
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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: March 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107614444
    • length: 322 pages
    • dimensions: 248 x 172 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The situation and tasks of the philosophy of art
    2. Representation, imitation, and resemblance
    3. Beauty and form
    4. Expression
    5. Originality and imagination
    6. Understanding art
    7. Identifying and evaluating art
    8. Art and emotion
    9. Art and morality
    10. Art and society: some contemporary practices of art
    11. Epilogue: the evidence of things not seen.

  • Author

    Richard Eldridge, Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania
    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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