Edited by Cahn and Meskin.
Part I: Historical Sources.
1. The Modern System of the Arts: Paul Oskar Kristeller.
2. Ion: Plato.
3. The Republic: Plato.
4. Symposium: Plato.
5. Poetics: Aristotle.
6. Ennead I, vi: Plotinus.
7. Of Music: St. Augustine.
8. On the Reduction of the Arts to Theology: St. Bonaventure.
9. Characteristics of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times: Third Earl of Shaftesbury.
10. Inquiry into the Origins of our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue: Francis Hutcheson.
11. Of the Standard of Taste: David Hume.
12. Philosophical Inquiry into the Origin of our Ideas on the Sublime and the Beautiful: Sir Edmund Burke.
13. Laocoon: Gotthold Lesing.
14. Critique of Judgment: Immanuel Kant.
Part II: Modern Theories.
15. Introduction to Modern Theories: Christopher Janaway.
16. Letter of an Aesthetic Education of Man: Friedrich Schiller.
17. Philosophy of Art: Friedrich J.W. Schelling.
18. The Philosophy of Fine Art: Georg W.F. Hegel.
19. The World as Will and Representation: Arthur Schopenhauer.
20. The Beautiful in Music: Eduard Hanslick.
21. The Birth of Tragedy: Friedrich Nietzsche.
22. What is Art?: Leo Tolstoy.
23. ‘Psychical Distance’ as a Factor in Art and as an Aesthetic Principle: Edward Bullough.
24. Art: Clive Bell.
25. Aesthetics: Benedetto Croce.
26. The Principles of Art: R.G. Collingwood.
27. Art as Experience: John Dewey.
28. Feeling and Form: Susanne Langer.
29. The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction: Walter Benjamin.
30. The Origin of the Work of Art: Martin Heidegger.
31. Aesthetic Theory: Theodor Adorno.
32. Truth and Method: Hans-Georg Gadamer.
Part III: Contemporary Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art.
33. Introduction to Contemporary Aesthetics: Susan Feagin and Aaron Meskin.
34. Aesthetic Problems of Modern Philosophy: Stanley Cavell.
35. The Role of Theory in Aesthetics: Morris Weitz.
36. The Artworld: Arthur Danto.
37. What is Art? An Institutional Analysis: George Dickie.
38. When is Art?: Nelson Goodman.
39. Identifying Art: Noel Carroll.
40. The Myth of the Aesthetic Attitude: George Dickie.
41. Art and its Objects: Richard Wollheim.
42. What a Musical Work Is: Jerrold Levinson.
43. Aesthetic Concepts: Frank Sibley.
44. Beauty Restored: Mary Mothersill.
45. Categories of Art: Kendall Walton.
46. Appreciation and the Natural Environment: Allen Carlson.
47. The Intentional Fallacy: W.K. Wimsatt and Monroe Beardsley.
48. The Postulated Author: Critical Monism as a Regulative Ideal: Alexander Nehamas.
49. Art Intention and Conversation: Noel Carroll.
50. The Ethical Criticism of Art: Berys Gaut.
51. Expressive Properties of Art: Guy Sircello.
52. Style and Personality in the Literary Work: Jenefer Robinson.
53. Emotions in the Music: Peter Kivy.
54. Fearing Fictions: Kendall Walton.
55. Oppressive Texts, Resisting Readers and the Gendered Spectator: Mary Devereaux
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Dominic McIver Lopes, University of British Columbia
- Brings together the most significant writings in aesthetics and philosophy of art from the past 2500 years
- Each section includes a useful introductory essay which provides an overview of developments in the field
- Broken down into three sections: Historical Sources, Modern Theories, and Contemporary Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art
- Thorough, systematic, and flexible, including two alternative tables of contents (historical and topical); an ideal textbook and guide to the field