Art and Essence

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Stephen Davies, Ananta Charana Sukla
Praeger, Jan 1, 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 perspectives--including 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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Art Essence and Wittgenstein
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Stephen Davies teaches philosophy at the University of Auckland Denis Dutton teaches philosophy at the University of Canterbury Graham Mcfee is Professor of Philosophy, University of Brighton Monique Roelofs is Assistant Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies at Hampshire College Stephanie Ross is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Missouri-St. Louis Yuriko Saito is Professor of Philosophy at the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence Liberato Santoro-Brienza is an Honorary Research Associate in Philosophy at the University of Auckland Larry Shiner is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Illinois at Springfield Robert Stecker is Professor of Philosophy at Central Michigan University Kathleen Stock teaches Philosophy at the University of East Anglia Ananta Ch. Sukla was formerly Professor of English at Sambalpur University (India) Dabney Townsend is Professor of Philosophy at Armstrong Atlantic State University Robert Wicks is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland

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