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The Philosophy of the Visual Arts

Edited by Philip A. Alperson

Publication Date - April 1992

ISBN: 9780195059755

640 pages
6-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

Retail Price to Students: $144.99


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 and theoretical 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 selections represent 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 of our beliefs about the visual arts.

Table of Contents

    I. The Idea of the Visual Arts
    1. The Aesthetic Attitude, Jerome Stolnitz
    2. On the Nature of the Visual Arts, Thomas Munro
    3. The Myth of the Aesthetic Attitude, George Dickie
    4. Intuition, Technique and the Classification of the Arts, Benedetto Croce
    5. On the Limits of Painting and Poetry, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
    II. Painting and the Pictorial Arts: Form and the Representation of the Visible World
    6. A Copy Theory of Representation, Plato
    7. Truth and the Stereotype: An Illusion Theory of Representation, E.H. Gombrich
    8. Reality Remade: A Denotation Theory of Representation, Nelson Goodman
    9. Looking at Pictures and Looking at Things, Kendall L. Walton
    10. Caricature, Stephanie Ross
    11. The Aesthetic Hypothesis: Significant Form and Aesthetic: Emotion, Clive Bell
    III. Painting and the Pictorial Arts: Wider Contexts
    12. Concerning the Spiritual in Art, Wassily Kandinsky
    13. Symbolism, Monroe C. Beardsley
    A. Psychology
    14. Art and Thought, Rudolf Arnheim
    15. Leonardo da Vinci and a Memory of His Childhood, Sigmund Freud
    16. The Forms of Things Unknown, Herbert Read
    17. Psychology and Art Today: A Summary and Critique, Douglas N. Morgan
    B. Religion
    18. The Religious Significance of Painting, Etienne Gilson
    19. The Sexuality of Christ in Renaissance Art and in Modern Oblivion, Leo Steinberg
    C. Politics and Society
    20. The Naked and the Nude, Kenneth Clark
    21. Ways of Seeing Women, John Berger
    22. Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists? Linda Nochlin
    IV. Arts of the Camera
    23. The Ontology of the Photographic Image, Andre Bazin
    24. In Plato's Cave, Susan Sontag
    25. Photography, Vision, and Representation, Joel Snyder and Neil Walsh Allen
    26. A Realist Theory of Film, Siegfried Kracauer
    27. Film as Art, Rudolf Arnheim
    28. Basic Film Aesthetics, Francis Sparshott
    V. Sculpture, Architecture, and Hand-Crafted Objects
    29. The Discovery of Space, Herbert Read
    30. The Worship of Art: Notes on the New God, Tom Wolfe
    31. Form and Function, Horatio Greenough
    32. How Buildings Mean, Nelson Goodman
    33. A Case for Figurative Architecture, Michael Graves
    34. Art and Craft, R.G. Collingwood
    35. The Aesthetic of the Antique, Leon Rosenstein
    36. Use and Contemplation, Octavio Paz
    VI. Modern Developments
    37. Aesthetics and the Contemporary Arts, Arnold Berleant
    38. The Artworld, Arthur Danto
    39. What is Art?: An Institutional Analysis, George Dickie
    40. The Ontological Peculiarity of Works of Art, Joseph Margolis
    41. Piece: Contra Aesthetics, Timothy Binkley
    VII. Art History and Museums
    42. The History of Art as a Humanistic Discipline, Erwin Panofsky
    43. Style and Significance in Art History and Art Criticism, Jenefer M. Robinson
    44. Categories of Art, Kendall L. Walton
    45. Art and Authenticity, Nelson Goodman
    The New Art History: A Symposium
    46. What is "New" About the "New Art History"? Thomas Dacosta Kaufmann
    47. Cultural Institutions and the Topography of Art History, Michael Marrinan
    48. Old, New and Not So New Art History, Arthur Danto
    49. Showing and Saving, Looking and Learning: An Outsider's View of Art Museums, Francis Sparshott
    50. Exhibits and Artworks, Hilde Hein
    VIII. On the Borders of the Visual Arts
    51. Why Philosophy Neglects the Dance, Francis Sparshott
    52. Sweet Kitsch, Kathleen Higgins
    53. Circus, Clowns and Culture, Paul Bouissac
    54. Appreciation and the Natural Envoirnment, Allen Carlson
    55. Nature and Art: Some Dialectical Relationships, Donald Crawford
    56. Rain, Barbara Sandrisser
    57. The Art of Personal Beauty, Curt Ducasse
    58. Life as the Imitation of Art, Oscar Wilde

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