Aesthetics A-Z (Philosophy A-Z EUP)
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Covers the key concepts, arguments, problems and figures in aesthetics and the philosophy of artThis introduction to aesthetics provides a layered treatment of both the historical background and contemporary debates in aesthetics. Extensive cross-referencing shows how issues in aesthetics intersect with other branches of philosophy and other fields that study the arts. Aesthetics A-Z is an ideal guide for newcomers to the field of aesthetics and a useful reference for more advanced students of philosophy, art history, media studies and the performing arts.
the analytic and the continental traditions in twentieth-century aesthetics. While the latter remains generally receptive to this idea (in particular in the field of phenomenology), the latter has grown largely inimical to it. See aestheticism; attitude, aesthetic; autonomy, aesthetic; Beardsley; Bell; concepts, aesthetic; environmental aesthetics Further reading: Beardsley 1982; Dewey 1959; Dickie 1974; Dufrenne 1973; Ingarden 1961; Schusterman 1997; Schusterman and Tomlin 2008 experimentalism:
the attempt to utilize some of Freud’s analytic principles in the construal of a social psychology meant to link the individual person with his macro-social and macro-economic circumstances. In their aesthetic thinking, Adorno and Benjamin were in disagreement about the relation of art to the social realm, in particular to the instrumental domination of nature in the capitalist society. Adorno adhered to the notion of autonomous art standing against society as a critique, while Benjamin
of those symbols, and that for a wide range of properties of the marks on the surface, the smallest difference in one of those properties affects what the symbol represents. For Goodman, symbols can denote or exemplify, or do both simultaneously. For instance, a painting of water lilies by Monet denotes certain water lilies, but it also exemplifies the artist’s unique style or the artistic genre of impressionism. Abstract art and works of music typically exemplify (that is, the work refers to
- GUTER PRINT.indd 111 27/09/2010 08:18 112 AESTHETICS A–Z See beauty; experience, aesthetic; pleasure; properties, aesthetic Further reading: Hume 1987; Kant 1952 K Kant, Immanuel (1724–1804): German philosopher regarded as the greatest thinker of the eighteenth century and one of the towering figures of Western philosophy, who maintained that the general structure of our experience is cast a priori by the mind itself, and that we can have a certain general knowledge of that. His Critique
and Patents Act 1988. M2356 - GUTER PRINT.indd iv 27/09/2010 08:18 Contents Series Editor’s Preface Introduction Acknowledgements Aesthetics A–Z Bibliography M2356 - GUTER PRINT.indd v vi viii xv 1 220 27/09/2010 08:18 Series Editor’s Preface Aesthetics does not only involve a range of philosophical concepts connected to the understanding of art, but also art itself. The subject matter enters into the vocabulary, and without knowing a good deal about the cultural context in which art