Beyond Aesthetics: Philosophical Essays

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 30, 2001 - Art - 450 pages
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Beyond Aesthetics brings together philosophical essays addressing art and related issues by one of the foremost philosophers of art at work today. Countering conventional aesthetic theories--those maintaining that authorial intention, art history, morality and emotional responses are irrelevant to the experience of art--NoŽl Carroll argues for a more pluralistic and commonsensical view in which all of these factors can play a legitimate role in our encounter with art works. The book explores works of high culture and the avant-garde, as well as works of popular culture, jokes, horror novels, and suspense films.
 

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Contents

Beauty and the Genealogy of Art Theory
20
Four Concepts of Aesthetic Experience
41
Art History and Narrative
63
Historical Narratives and the Philosophy of Art
100
On the Narrative Connection
118
Interpretation History and Narrative
133
Interpretation and Intention
157
Intention
180
Horror and Humor
235
The Paradox of Suspense
254
Art Narrative and Moral Understanding
270
Moderate Moralism
293
Simulation Emotions and Morality
306
The Paradox of Junk Fiction
335
Between Religion and Natural History
368
Emotion Appreciation and Nature
384

The Debate between Hypothetical
197
Art Emotion and Morality
215

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