Philosophical Perspectives on Art by Stephen DaviesPhilosophical Perspectives on Art by Stephen Davies

Philosophical Perspectives on Art

byStephen Davies

Paperback | March 18, 2010

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Philosophical Perspectives on Art presents a series of essays devoted to two of the most fundamental topics in the philosophy of art: the distinctive character of artworks and what is involved in understanding them as art. In Part I, Stephen Davies considers a wide range of questions about thenature and definition of art. Can art be defined, and if so, which definitions are the most plausible? Do we make and consume art because there are evolutionary advantages to doing so? Has art completed the mission that guided its earlier historical development, and if so, what is to become of itnow? Should architecture be classified as an art form? Part II turns to the interpretation and appreciation of art. What is the target and purpose of the critic's interpretation? Is interpretation primarily directed at uncovering artists' intended meanings? Can apparently contradictory interpretations of a given piece both be true? Are interpretativeevaluations entailed by descriptions of a work's aesthetic and artistic characteristics? In addition to providing fresh answers to these and other central questions in aesthetics, Davies considers the nature and content of metaphor, and the relation between the expressive qualities of a work of artand the emotions of its creator.
Stephen Davies is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Auckland.
Title:Philosophical Perspectives on ArtFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.69 inPublished:March 18, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199202435

ISBN - 13:9780199202430


Table of Contents

IntroductionPart One1. Essential distinctions for art theorists2. The cluster theory of art3. Functional and procedural definitions of art4. Non-Western art and art's definition5. First art and art's definition6. Aesthetic judgments, artworks, and functional beauty7. Ellen Dissanayake's evolutionary aesthetic8. Probably not the last word on the end of art9. Is architecture an art?Part Two10. Interpreting contextualities11. Authors' intentions, literary interpretation, and literary value12. True interpretations13. Relativism in interpretation14. Replies to arguments suggesting that critics' strong evaluations could not be soundly deduced15. Truth-values and metaphors16. The expression theory againBibliographyIndex

Editorial Reviews

Review from previous edition: "A useful and stimulating book. The sixteen essays collected in it not only give 'philosophical perspecives on art', as the title promises, but also offer sharp analyses that still form a unity." --Christian Helmut Wenzel, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews