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The Philosophy of Art, 2nd Edition

Stephen Davies (Editor), Philip Alperson (Series Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-119-09165-3 December 2015 Wiley-Blackwell 248 Pages


Now available in a fully revised and updated second edition, this accessible and insightful introduction outlines the central theories and ongoing debates in the philosophy of art.
  • Covers a wide range of topics, including the definition and interpretation of art, the connections between artistic and ethical judgment, and the expression and elicitation of emotions through art
  • Includes discussion of prehistoric, non-Western, and popular mass arts, extending the philosophical conversation beyond the realm of Fine Art
  • Details concrete applications of complex theoretical concepts
  • Poses thought-provoking questions and offers fully updated annotated reading lists at the end of each chapter to encourage and enable further research

List of Figures vi

Preface vii

Acknowledgments xi

1 Evolution and Culture 1

2 Defining Art 26

3 Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art 52

4 Varieties of Art 81

5 Interpretation 109

6 Expression and Emotional Responses 135

7 Pictorial Representation and the Visual Arts 167

8 The Value of Art 199

Index 232