Aesthetics

ISBN-10: 0192892754

ISBN-13: 9780192892751

Edition: 1997

List price: $65.95
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This new Reader offers an important new resource, combining classic accounts of the nature of aesthetics with the latests methods of approaching the subject. With its valuable multicultural approach, not confined to the consideration of fine art, it focuses on questions that examine why art and the aesthetic matter to us and how perceivers participate in and contribute to the experience of appreciating a work of art. Why have people thought it important to separate out a group of objects and call them `art'? Is it inappropriate to think of something as art when its creator would not have considered it in that way? Are the concepts of art and the aesthetic elitist? Can we ever understand an artwork or be objective about it? Including articles ranging from Aristotle and Xie-He to Jun'ichiro Tanizaki, Michael Baxandall and Susan Sontag, this Reader is unique in providing both Western and non-Western responses to aesthetics.
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Book details

List price: $65.95
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/9/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 426
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.650
Language: English

Preface
What is distinctive about the aesthetic?
Why is it important to recognize objects as art?
Art as a vehicle for expression, creativity and freedom
Is it ever possible to understand a work of art?
Why is it important to respond emotionally to art?
Are evaluations of art objective?
Notes
Further Reading
Biographical Details
Index
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