The Philosophy of Art
1. Auflage Oktober 2011
2011. 284 Seiten, Hardcover
ISBN 978-0-7456-4915-3 - John Wiley & Sons
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The Philosophy of Art is a highly accessible introduction to current key issues and debates in aesthetics and philosophy of art. Chapters on standard topics are balanced by topics of interest to today's students, including creativity, authenticity, cultural appropriation, and the distinction between popular and fine art. Other topics include emotive expression, pictorial representation, definitional strategies, and artistic value. Presupposing no prior knowledge of philosophy, Theodore Gracyk draws on three decades of teaching experience to provide a balanced and engaging overview, clear explanations, and many thought-provoking examples.All chapters have a strong focus on current debates in the field, yet historical figures are not neglected. Major current theories are set beside key ideas from Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Marx, and Hegel. Chapters conclude with advice on further readings, and there are recommendations of films that will serve as a basis for further reflection and discussion. Key ideas are immediately accompanied by exercises that will test students' reactions and understanding. Many chapters call attention to ideology, prejudices, and common clichés that interfere with clear thinking.Beautifully written and thoroughly comprehensive, The Philosophy of Art is the ideal resource for anyone who wants to explore recent developments in philosophical thinking about the arts. It is also provides the perfect starting point for anyone who wants to reflect on, and challenge, their own assumptions about the nature and value of art.
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AcknowledgementsPreface1 Meaning, Interpretation, and Picturing1 Representations and pictures2 Theories of picturing3 Intentions and transparency in pictures and photographs4 Indiscernible counterparts5 Fine art2 Art as Expression1 Overview of expression theories2 Tolstoy's account of expressive art3 Collingwood's account of expressive art4 The expressive persona5 Expression as arousal6 Revising the arousal theory7 Expression as cognitive recognition3 Meaning and Creativity1 Plato on creativity2 Kant on genius3 Metaphorical exemplification4 Hegel and Marx5 Material bases of creativity6 Feminism and creativity4 Fakes, Originals, and Ontology1 Multiples and singularities2 Abstract objects3 Problems and implications4 Fakes and originals5 Objections and alternatives5 Authenticity and Cultural Origins1 Two kinds of contextualism2 Four kinds of appropriation3 Moral concerns4 Culture5 Authenticity6 Modernity and authenticity6 Defining Art1 Philosophical definition2 Historical background3 Functional definitions4 Institutional definitions5 Historical definitions6 The cluster account7 Aesthetics1 Aesthetic judgments and properties2 Supervenience3 Two complications4 Aesthetics and nature5 Formalism and detachment6 Making special7 Pleasure and appreciation8 Beyond the Fine Arts1 Popular and mass art2 Standard criticisms of popular art3 Social consequences of popular culture4 Gender and race5 Everyday aesthetics9 Artistic and aesthetic value1 Three kinds of value2 The uniqueness thesis3 Value empiricism4 Instrumental value5 An alternative analysis6 Appreciation7 Cognitive value10 ConclusionReferencesIndex