The Theory of the Arts by Francis Edward SparshottThe Theory of the Arts by Francis Edward Sparshott

The Theory of the Arts

byFrancis Edward Sparshott

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In a systematic overview of classical and modern contributions to aesthetics, Professor Sparshott argues that all four lines of theory, and no others, are necessary to coherent thinking about art.

Originally published in 1982.

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Title:The Theory of the ArtsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:742 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.68 inPublished:July 14, 2014Publisher:Princeton University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0691614229

ISBN - 13:9780691614229

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Table of Contents


  • FrontMatter, pg. i
  • PREFACE, pg. vii
  • CONTENTS, pg. xi
  • LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS, pg. xiv
  • I. INTRODUCTION, pg. 1
  • II. THE CLASSICAL LINE 1: ARTS, pg. 23
  • III. THE CLASSICAL LINE 2: ARTS OF DISENGAGED COMMUNICATION, pg. 58
  • IV. THE CLASSICAL LINE 3: ARTS OF BEAUTY, pg. 102
  • V. THE CLASSICAL LINE 4: ARTS OF IMAGINATION, pg. 137
  • VI. THE CLASSICAL LINE 5: WHAT WORKS OF ART ARE, pg. 145
  • VII. THE CLASSICAL LINE 6: WHAT WORKS OF ART ARE LIKE, pg. 192
  • VIII. THE CLASSICAL LINE 7: THE CRITICAL FUNCTION, pg. 234
  • X. THE IDEA OF ART, pg. 281
  • XI. THE EXPRESSIVE LINE 1: ART AS EXPRESSION, pg. 303
  • XII. THE EXPRESSIVE LINE 2: ARTS, WORKS, ARTISTS, pg. 346
  • XIII. THE MYSTIC LINE, pg. 371
  • XIV. THE PURIST LINE, pg. 414
  • XV. CONCLUSION, pg. 456
  • APPENDIX A. AESTHETIC THIS AND AESTHETIC THAT, pg. 465
  • APPENDIX B. KINDS OF ART, pg. 487
  • APPENDIX C. "GOOD", pg. 494
  • NOTES, pg. 503
  • BIBLIOGRAPHIC KEY TO WORKS CITED, pg. 685
  • INDEX, pg. 713