Introduction to Aesthetics An Analytic Approach

ISBN-10: 0195113047

ISBN-13: 9780195113044

Edition: 1997

Authors: George Dickie
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Description: This unique and engaging text traces aesthetics from its ancient beginnings through the changes it underwent in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and the first half of the twentieth century. The first part of the book traces the history of the two organized notions of aesthetics-the theory of beauty and the imitation theory of art-and describes the transformations they went through from ancient Greek times until the 1950s. The responses of the cultural theories in the 1960s to these earlier developments are then discussed in detail. Four additional topics-intentionalistic criticism, symbolism, metaphor, and expression-are also addressed. Finally, five traditional art evaluational theories are presented, and the author constructs an evaluational theory of his own by building on ideas drawn from the work of Monroe Beardsley and Nelson Goodman. Written by one of the foremost philosophers of aesthetics, Introduction to Aesthetics is ideal for undergraduate courses in the philosophy of art and aesthetics, and is also suitable for graduate seminars and courses in these areas. It offers students both a historical introduction to and the latest work on theories of art, theories of the experience of art, and theories of art evaluation.

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List price: $50.95
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/9/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Preface
An Historical Introduction to Analytic Aesthetics
Introductory Remarks
The Theory of Beauty - Plato to the 19th Century
Plato St. Thomas Aquinas - The Eighteenth Century: Taste and the Decline of Beauty - Shaftesbury - Hutcheson - Burke - Hume - Alison - Kant - Summary - The Nineteenth Century: The Birth of the Aesthetic - Schopenhauer
The Aesthetic Attitude in the 20th Century
The Aesthetic State: Psychical Distance - Aesthetic Awareness: Disinterested Attention - Aesthetic Perception: "Seeing As" - Summary and Conclusions
Metacriticism: Alternative to Aesthetic Attitude
The Theory of Art - Plato to the 19th Century
Introductory Remarks - Plato - Aristotle - The Nineteenth Century: New Directions - The Expression Theory of Art - What Is a Theory of Art?
20th Century Theories of Art, 1914 to the 1950s
Clive Bell: A 20th Century Beauty Theory of Art
Suzanne Langer: A 20th Century Imitation Theory of Art
R. G. Collingwood: A 20th Century Expressionist Theory of Art
Morris Weitz: Art as an Open Concept
A Change of Directions and New Developments
A New Direction for the Experience of Art
A New Direction for the Theory of Art
The Institutional Theory of Art
The Earlier Version - The Later Version
Four Problems in Aesthetics
Intentionalist Criticism
Symbolism in Art
Metaphor
Expression
The Evaluation of Art
20th Century Theories of Evaluation
Personal Subjectivism - Intuitionism - Emotivism - Relativism - Critical Singularism
Monroe Beardsley's Instrumentalism
Nelson Goodman's Instrumentalism
Another Kind of Instrumentalism
Summary
Epilogue
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