Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art: An Introduction

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2005 - Philosophy - 255 pages
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In Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art, Robert Stecker introduces students to the history and evolution of aesthetics, and also makes an important distinction between aesthetics and philosophy of art. While aesthetics today is the study of value, philosophy of art deals with a much wider array of questions not just about value, addressing issues in metaphysics, epistemology, and the philosophy of mind as well. Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art is an essential introduction to some of the central topics and approaches being debated in contemporary aesthetics and philosophy of art. By taking a stand on each of the issues addressed and arguing for certain resolutions and against others, the text does not simply present a controversy in its current state of play, but instead helps to advance it toward a solution.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Environmental Aesthetics Natural Beauty
13
Conceptions of the Aesthetic Aesthetic Experience
34
Conceptions of the Aesthetic Aesthetic Properties
57
What Is Art?
83
What Kind of Object Is a Work of Art?
109
Interpretation and the Problem of the Relevant Intention
127
Representation Fiction and Depiction
143
Artistic Value
183
Interaction Ethical Aesthetic and Artistic Value
207
The Value of Architecture
224
Conclusion
237
References
241
Index
249
About the Author
255
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Expressiveness in Music and Poetry
164

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Robert Stecker is professor of philosophy at Central Michigan University.

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