Aesthetic Essays

Paperback | April 11, 2012

byMalcolm Budd

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The book brings together a selection of Malcolm Budd's essays in aesthetics. A number of the essays are aimed at the abstract heart of aesthetics, attempting to solve a cluster of the most important issues in aesthetics which are not specific to particular art forms. These include the natureand proper scope of the aesthetic, the intersubjective validity of aesthetic judgements, the correct understanding of aesthetic judgements expressed through metaphors, aesthetic realism versus anti-realism, the character of aesthetic pleasure and aesthetic value, the aim of art and the artisticexpression of emotion. Other essays are focussed on central issues in the aesthetics of particular art forms: two engage with the most fundamental issue in the aesthetics of music, the question of the correct conception of the phenomenology of the experience of listening to music with understanding; and two consider thenature of pictorial representation, one examining certain well-known views, the other articulating an alternative conception of seeing a picture as a depiction of a certain state of affairs. The final essay in the volume is a comprehensive reconstruction and critical examination of Wittgenstein'saesthetics, both early and late.

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The book brings together a selection of Malcolm Budd's essays in aesthetics. A number of the essays are aimed at the abstract heart of aesthetics, attempting to solve a cluster of the most important issues in aesthetics which are not specific to particular art forms. These include the natureand proper scope of the aesthetic, the inters...

Malcolm Budd taught philosophy at University College London for more than thirty years before taking early retirement from the Grote chair to concentrate on his writing. He was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 1995 and became President of the British Society of Aesthetics in 2004.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:290 pagesPublished:April 11, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199596263

ISBN - 13:9780199596263

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Aesthetic Judgements, Aesthetic Principles and Aesthetic Properties2. Aesthetic Essence3. The Acquaintance Principle4. The Intersubjective Validity of Aesthetic Judgements5. The Pure Judgement of Taste as an Aesthetic Reflective Judgement6. Understanding Music7. The Characterization of Aesthetic Qualities by Essential Metaphors and Quasi-Metaphors8. Musical Movement and Aesthetic Metaphors9. Aesthetic Realism and Emotional Qualities of Music10. On Looking at a Picture11. The Look of a Picture12. Wollheim on Correspondence, Projective Properties and Expressive Perception13. Wittgenstein on AestheticsIndex

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Review from previous edition: "This important collection by the prominent aesthetician Malcolm Budd brings together fourteen papers on the nature of aesthetics judgement and value, expression and movement in music, and depiction ... I strongly recommend his book." --Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews