Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, Volume 4

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Michael Kelly
Oxford University Press, 2014 - Philosophy - 3288 pages
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The second edition of the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics is an unparalleled reference resource that surveys the full breadth of critical thought on art, culture, and nature, from classical philosophy to contemporary critical theory. The four-volume first edition, published in 1998, effected a revival of aesthetics that created a receptive context for the contemporary importance of the field. Spanning six volumes and 815 articles, the new edition of the Encyclopedia has been updated and expanded to reflect the rapidly evolving character of the discipline. Renowned contributors from diverse fields provide analyses of the major artists, movements, and theories that continue to inform scholarly research on aesthetics.
The updated Encyclopedia of Aesthetics contains 250 new entries that incorporate innovative fields of inquiry, such as animal aesthetics and diaspora criticism, as well as significant new developments in art, including digital media and street art. Additionally, the second edition offers enhanced coverage of non-Western cultural areas and related issues, such as post-colonialism, globalization, and primitivism. In so doing, it extends the scope of critical aesthetics, seeking to create a more open environment for aesthetics in academia, culture, and art. With bibliographic references and images, the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics is an essential work that is of use to artists, scholars, students, and all others interested in art-from painting and sculpture to literature, music, theater, film, and more.

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About the author (2014)

Michael Kelly is Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He previously taught at Columbia University, while the managing editor of the Journal of Philosophy, and was also Executive Director of the American Philosophical Association. Kelly is also the author of A Hunger for Aesthetics: Enacting the Demands of Art (Columbia University Press, 2012) and Iconoclasm in Aesthetics (Cambridge University Press, 2003).

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