The Philosophy of the Visual Arts

Paperback | April 1, 1992

EditorPhilip A. Alperson

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Most instructors who teach introductory courses in aesthetics or the philosophy of arts use the visual arts as their implicit reference for "art" in general, yet until now there has been no aesthetics anthology specifically orientated to the visual arts. This text stresses conceptual andtheoretical issues, first examining the very notion of "the visual arts" and then investigating philosophical questions raised by various forms, from painting, the paradigmatic form, to sculpture, photography, film, dance, kitsch, and other forms on the borders of the visual arts. The selectionsrepresent both classical and contemporary views and include sections by artists, art historians, and critics as well as philosophers. A singularly important text for courses in the philosophy of arts or aesthetics, this anthology is designed to enrich the philosophical and critical examination ofour beliefs about the visual arts.

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Most instructors who teach introductory courses in aesthetics or the philosophy of arts use the visual arts as their implicit reference for "art" in general, yet until now there has been no aesthetics anthology specifically orientated to the visual arts. This text stresses conceptual andtheoretical issues, first examining the very noti...

Philip A. Alperson is at University of Louisville.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:640 pages, 9.25 × 6.5 × 1.14 inPublished:April 1, 1992Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

I. The Idea of the Visual Arts1. Jerome Stolnitz: The Aesthetic Attitude2. Thomas Munro: On the Nature of the Visual Arts3. George Dickie: The Myth of the Aesthetic Attitude4. Benedetto Croce: Intuition, Technique and the Classification of the Arts5. Gotthold Ephraim Lessing: On the Limits of Painting and PoetryII. Painting and the Pictorial Arts: Form and the Representation of the Visible World6. Plato: A Copy Theory of Representation7. E.H. Gombrich: Truth and the Stereotype: An Illusion Theory of Representation8. Nelson Goodman: Reality Remade: A Denotation Theory of Representation9. Kendall L. Walton: Looking at Pictures and Looking at Things10. Stephanie Ross: Caricature11. Clive Bell: The Aesthetic Hypothesis: Significant Form and Aesthetic: EmotionIII. Painting and the Pictorial Arts: Wider Contexts12. Wassily Kandinsky: Concerning the Spiritual in Art13. Monroe C. Beardsley: SymbolismA. Psychology14. Rudolf Arnheim: Art and Thought15. Sigmund Freud: Leonardo da Vinci and a Memory of His Childhood16. Herbert Read: The Forms of Things Unknown17. Douglas N. Morgan: Psychology and Art Today: A Summary and CritiqueB. Religion18. Etienne Gilson: The Religious Significance of Painting19. Leo Steinberg: The Sexuality of Christ in Renaissance Art and in Modern OblivionC. Politics and Society20. Kenneth Clark: The Naked and the Nude21. John Berger: Ways of Seeing Women22. Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists? Linda NochlinIV. Arts of the Camera23. Andre Bazin: The Ontology of the Photographic Image24. Susan Sontag: In Plato's Cave25. Joel Snyder and Neil Walsh Allen: Photography, Vision, and Representation26. Siegfried Kracauer: A Realist Theory of Film27. Rudolf Arnheim: Film as Art28. Francis Sparshott: Basic Film AestheticsV. Sculpture, Architecture, and Hand-Crafted Objects29. Herbert Read: The Discovery of Space30. Tom Wolfe: The Worship of Art: Notes on the New God31. Horatio Greenough: Form and Function32. Nelson Goodman: How Buildings Mean33. Michael Graves: A Case for Figurative Architecture34. R.G. Collingwood: Art and Craft35. Leon Rosenstein: The Aesthetic of the Antique36. Octavio Paz: Use and ContemplationVI. Modern Developments37. Arnold Berleant: Aesthetics and the Contemporary Arts38. Arthur Danto: The Artworld39. George Dickie: What is Art?: An Institutional Analysis40. Joseph Margolis: The Ontological Peculiarity of Works of Art41. Timothy Binkley: Piece: Contra AestheticsVII. Art History and Museums42. Erwin Panofsky: The History of Art as a Humanistic Discipline43. Jenefer M. Robinson: Style and Significance in Art History and Art Criticism44. Kendall L. Walton: Categories of Art45. Nelson Goodman: Art and AuthenticityThe New Art History: A Symposium46. What is "New" About the "New Art History"? Thomas Dacosta Kaufmann47. Michael Marrinan: Cultural Institutions and the Topography of Art History48. Arthur Danto: Old, New and Not So New Art History49. Francis Sparshott: Showing and Saving, Looking and Learning: An Outsider's View of Art Museums50. Hilde Hein: Exhibits and ArtworksVIII. On the Borders of the Visual Arts51. Francis Sparshott: Why Philosophy Neglects the Dance52. Kathleen Higgins: Sweet Kitsch53. Paul Bouissac: Circus, Clowns and Culture54. Allen Carlson: Appreciation and the Natural Envoirnment55. Donald Crawford: Nature and Art: Some Dialectical Relationships56. Barbara Sandrisser: Rain57. Curt Ducasse: The Art of Personal Beauty58. Oscar Wilde: Life as the Imitation of Art

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"Excellent choice of articles."--Tom Franks, Eastern Michigan University