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The Philosophy of the Visual Arts - Philip A. Alperson

The Philosophy of the Visual Arts

By: Philip A. Alperson (Editor)

Paperback Published: 9th April 1992
ISBN: 9780195059755
Number Of Pages: 640

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Most instructors who teach introductory courses in aesthetics or the philosophy of arts use the visual arts as their implicit reference for "art" in general, yet until now there has been no aesthetics anthology specifically orientated to the visual arts. This text stresses conceptual and theoretical issues, first examining the very notion of "the visual arts" and then investigating philosophical questions raised by various forms, from painting, the paradigmatic form, to sculpture, photography, film, dance, kitsch, and other forms on the borders of the visual arts. The selections represent both classical and contemporary views and include sections by artists, art historians, and critics as well as philosophers. A singularly important text for courses in the philosophy of arts or aesthetics, this anthology is designed to enrich the philosophical and critical examination of our beliefs about the visual arts.

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"There is much in this book which is valuable to a student of art....Alperson has done a remarkable job gathering together material from diverse sources. The book's strength is that it contains many essays which, having gone out of print or being inaccessible, are now generally unavailable to either student or academic....[Alperson's] efforts have produced a valuable reference source."--Scott Koterbay, University of St. Andrews "Some interesting articles in this reader."--H. Phillips Hamlin, University of Tennessee "A fine selection of essays."--Robert M. Johnson, Castieton State College "I appreciate the breadth and variety in the readings....A fine balance of the traditional and the contemporary. The chapter introductions are 'reader-friendly.'!"--Walter J. Stohrer, Marquette University "A good mix of classics and contemporary pieces....First-rate."--Winston A. Wilkinson, Michigan State University "Magnificent reference, spanning historical and contemporary reflections on the nature and contextual relationships of art and how we define art."--William Prioil, Ramapo College of New Jersey "A unique, comprehensive anthology on the visual arts....Interesting essays on topics often neglected in texts."--J. Whitman Hoff, Lockhaven University of Pennsylvania "Excellent source for the finest ideas, historic and current, on the nature of art."--Alan Maetaggart, Landers College "One of the best books on the topic that I have seen. Very complete and suitable for both graduate and undergraduate courses in art or art education."--H.S. Nyuhinnie, University of Maryland "Excellent choice of articles."--Tom Franks, Eastern Michigan University "An interesting and different anthology that provides a broad range of perspectives--highly desirable in a field that itself takes inspiration from diverse quarters."--Timothy Binkley, Institute for Computers in the Arts, School of Visual Arts "A scholarly, well-organized anthology--in fact the only one to provide a systematic introduction to the philosophical foundations of the visual arts--that will be equally useful to students and to scholars. There is a great sense of unity and systematic development among the themes, introductory questions, and readings, especially in the original sections on photography and film, sculpture, architecture, and hand-crafted objects, and the borders of the visual arts."--Lydia Goehr, Wesleyan University "This collection is comprehensive, up to date and well illustrated. The essays (taken collectively) strike a nice balance between historical and contemporary sources."--Thomas Fryc, University of Massachusetts "Terrific book for upper level undergraduate/graduate courses--systematic treatment of the visual arts."--Lynn Comerford, State University of New York, Albany "Excellent support material."--Diane Merchant, Cedarville College "A very useful collection of essays focusing on the visual arts, and a book easily adaptable to undergraduate and graduate courses in aesthetics."--The Journal of Aesthetics and Art and Criticism

I. The Idea of the Visual Arts 1: Jerome Stolnitz: The Aesthetic Attitude 2: Thomas Munro: On the Nature of the Visual Arts 3: George Dickie: The Myth of the Aesthetic Attitude 4: Benedetto Croce: Intuition, Technique and the Classification of the Arts 5: Gotthold Ephraim Lessing: On the Limits of Painting and Poetry II. Painting and the Pictorial Arts: Form and the Representation of the Visible World 6: Plato: A Copy Theory of Representation 7: E.H. Gombrich: Truth and the Stereotype: An Illusion Theory of Representation 8: Nelson Goodman: Reality Remade: A Denotation Theory of Representation 9: Kendall L. Walton: Looking at Pictures and Looking at Things 10: Stephanie Ross: Caricature 11: Clive Bell: The Aesthetic Hypothesis: Significant Form and Aesthetic: Emotion III. Painting and the Pictorial Arts: Wider Contexts 12: Wassily Kandinsky: Concerning the Spiritual in Art 13: Monroe C. Beardsley: Symbolism A. Psychology 14: Rudolf Arnheim: Art and Thought 15: Sigmund Freud: Leonardo da Vinci and a Memory of His Childhood 16: Herbert Read: The Forms of Things Unknown 17: Douglas N. Morgan: Psychology and Art Today: A Summary and Critique B. Religion 18: Etienne Gilson: The Religious Significance of Painting 19: Leo Steinberg: The Sexuality of Christ in Renaissance Art and in Modern Oblivion C. Politics and Society 20: Kenneth Clark: The Naked and the Nude 21: John Berger: Ways of Seeing Women 22: Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists? Linda Nochlin IV. Arts of the Camera 23: Andre Bazin: The Ontology of the Photographic Image 24: Susan Sontag: In Plato's Cave 25: Joel Snyder and Neil Walsh Allen: Photography, Vision, and Representation 26: Siegfried Kracauer: A Realist Theory of Film 27: Rudolf Arnheim: Film as Art 28: Francis Sparshott: Basic Film Aesthetics V. Sculpture, Architecture, and Hand-Crafted Objects 29: Herbert Read: The Discovery of Space 30: Tom Wolfe: The Worship of Art: Notes on the New God 31: Horatio Greenough: Form and Function 32: Nelson Goodman: How Buildings Mean 33: Michael Graves: A Case for Figurative Architecture 34: R.G. Collingwood: Art and Craft 35: Leon Rosenstein: The Aesthetic of the Antique 36: Octavio Paz: Use and Contemplation VI. Modern Developments 37: Arnold Berleant: Aesthetics and the Contemporary Arts 38: Arthur Danto: The Artworld 39: George Dickie: What is Art?: An Institutional Analysis 40: Joseph Margolis: The Ontological Peculiarity of Works of Art 41: Timothy Binkley: Piece: Contra Aesthetics VII. Art History and Museums 42: Erwin Panofsky: The History of Art as a Humanistic Discipline 43: Jenefer M. Robinson: Style and Significance in Art History and Art Criticism 44: Kendall L. Walton: Categories of Art 45: Nelson Goodman: Art and Authenticity The New Art History: A Symposium 46: What is "New" About the "New Art History"? Thomas Dacosta Kaufmann 47: Michael Marrinan: Cultural Institutions and the Topography of Art History 48: Arthur Danto: Old, New and Not So New Art History 49: Francis Sparshott: Showing and Saving, Looking and Learning: An Outsider's View of Art Museums 50: Hilde Hein: Exhibits and Artworks VIII. On the Borders of the Visual Arts 51: Francis Sparshott: Why Philosophy Neglects the Dance 52: Kathleen Higgins: Sweet Kitsch 53: Paul Bouissac: Circus, Clowns and Culture 54: Allen Carlson: Appreciation and the Natural Envoirnment 55: Donald Crawford: Nature and Art: Some Dialectical Relationships 56: Barbara Sandrisser: Rain 57: Curt Ducasse: The Art of Personal Beauty 58: Oscar Wilde: Life as the Imitation of Art

ISBN: 9780195059755
ISBN-10: 0195059751
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 640
Published: 9th April 1992
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.49 x 16.79  x 3.61
Weight (kg): 0.95

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