Art and essence

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Praeger, 2003 - Art - 253 pages
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This exceptional new collection comprises 13 new essays on the nature and definability of art. Presenting a wide offering of contemporary philosophical perspectivesincluding theoretical, historical, cross-cultural, and evolutionary Art and Essence offers thorough critical discussion on the extensive contemporary philosophical literature on the subject. The work here contrasts the idea of theorizing about why we make and consume art with that of defining it; furthermore, the authors consider the possibility that art has no definable essence and discusses differences and connections between art and nature. More historical chapters focus on ancient and medieval approaches to art, while others discuss the work of philosophers such as Hume, Kant, and Nietzsche. Non-Western cultures cultivated their own, distinctive art practices and philosophies, as discussed in chapters on India and Japan, and contemporary philosophers have added their own unique perspectives. The authors are among the leading philosophers on the subjects they cover, making Art and Essence an invaluable tool for scholars of a wide variety of fields.

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Essential Distinctions for Art Theorists
Art Essence and Wittgenstein
The Problem of Appreciation

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About the author (2003)

STEPHEN DAVIES teaches philosophy at the University of Auckland. He is the author of Definitions of Art, Musical Meaning and Expression, and Musical Works and Performances, and the editor of Art and Its Messages.ANANTA CH. SUKLA is Professor of English at Sambalpur University in India. He is the founding editor of The Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics and the editor of the Praeger series Studies in Art, Culture, and Communication.

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