Introduction to Aesthetics: An Analytic Approach

Paperback | January 1, 1997

byGeorge Dickie

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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 beautyand 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 thelatest work on theories of art, theories of the experience of art, and theories of art evaluation.

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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 beautyand the imitation theory of art-and describ...

George Dickie is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at University of Illinois, Chicago. He is the author of The Century of Taste (OUP, 1996), Aesthetics: A Critical Anthology, Second Edition (co-editor, 1989), Evaluating Art (1988), The Art Circle: A Theory of Art (1984), and Art and the Aesthetic (1974).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 5.98 × 9.13 × 0.43 inPublished:January 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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PrefacePART 1 - An Historical Introduction to Analytic Aesthetics1. Introductory Remarks2. The Theory of Beauty - Plato to the 19th CenturyPlato - 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: 3. The Aesthetic Attitude in the 20th CenturyThe Aesthetic State: Psychical Distance - Aesthetic Awareness: Disinterested Attention - Aesthetic Perception: "Seeing As" - Summary and Conclusions: 4. Metacriticism: Alternative to Aesthetic Attitude5. The Theory of Art - Plato to the 19th CenturyIntroductory Remarks - Plato - Aristotle - The Nineteenth Century: New Directions - The Expression Theory of Art - What Is a Theory of Art?: 6. 20th Century Theories of Art, 1914 to the 1950sA 20th Century Beauty Theory of Art: Clive Bell:A 20th Century Imitation Theory of Art: Suzanne Langer:A 20th Century Expressionist Theory of Art: R. G. Collingwood:Art as an Open Concept: Morris Weitz:PART II - Aesthetics in the 20th Century - 1960s to Present7. A Change of Directions and New DevelopmentsA New Direction for the Experience of ArtA New Direction for the Theory of Art8. The Institutional Theory of ArtThe Earlier Version - The Later Version: PART III - Four Problems in Aesthetics9. Intentionalist Criticism10. Symbolism in Art11. Metaphor12. ExpressionPART IV - The Evaluation of Art13. 20th Century Theories of EvaluationPersonal Subjectivism - Intuitionism - Emotivism - Relativism - Critical Singularism: 14. Monroe Beardsley's Instrumentalism15. Nelson Goodman's Instrumentalism16. Another Kind of InstrumentalismSummaryEpilogue

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"A handy reference guide for students with a strong background in philosophy. Would serve well as a supplementary text in a course which emphasizes historical background and topical issues."--Eliot Deutsch, University of Hawaii