Contemplating Art: Essays in Aesthetics

Paperback | November 5, 2006

byJerrold Levinson

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Contemplating Art is a compendium of writings from the last ten years by one of the leading figures in aesthetics, Jerrold Levinson. The book contains twenty-four essays and is divided into seven parts. The first is about issues relating to art in general, not specific to one art form. Thesecond and longest part of the book is about philosophical problems specific to music. The third part focuses on pictorial art, and the fourth on interpretation, in particular the interpretation of literature and literary language. In the remaining parts of the book Levinson discusses aestheticproperties, issues in historical aesthetics, humour, and intrinsic value.These lively essays, rigorous but accessible, will appeal not only to philosophers but also to musicologists, literary theorists, art critics, and reflective lovers of the arts.

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Contemplating Art is a compendium of writings from the last ten years by one of the leading figures in aesthetics, Jerrold Levinson. The book contains twenty-four essays and is divided into seven parts. The first is about issues relating to art in general, not specific to one art form. Thesecond and longest part of the book is about p...

Jerrold Levinson is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Maryland, College Park. His publications include iMusic, Art, and Metaphysics/i (1990), iThe Pleasures of Aesthetics/i (1998), and iMusic in the Moment/i (1998). He is the editor of iThe Oxford Handbook of Aesthetics/i (2003) and co-editor of iAesthetic Con...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:November 5, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart One. Art1. The Irreducible Historicality of the Concept of Art2. Artworks as Artifacts3. Emotion in Response to Art4. Elster on Artistic CreativityPart Two. Music5. Sound, Gesture, Space, and the Expression of Emotion in Music6. Musical Expressiveness as Hearability-as-Expression7. Non-existent Artforms and the Case of Visual Music8. Music as Narrative and Music as Drama9. Film Music and Narrative Agency10. Evaluating Music11. Musical Thinking12. Musical ChillsPart Three. Pictures13. Wollheim on Pictorial Representation14. What Is Erotic Art?15. Erotic Art and Pornographic PicturesPart Four. Interpretation16. Two Notions of Interpretation17. Who's Afraid of a Paraphrase?18. Hypothetical Intentionalism: Statement, Objections, and RepliesPart Five. Aesthetic Properties19. Aesthetic Properties, Evaluative Force, and Differences of Sensibility20. What Are Aesthetic Properties?Part Six. History21. The Aesthetics of Schopenhauer22. Hume's iStandard of Taste/i: The Real ProblemPart Seven. Other Matters23. The Concept of Humour24. Intrinsic Value and the Notion of a Life