Aesthetics from Classical Greece to the Present: A Short History
By: Monroe C. Beardsley (author)Hardback
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This work is ideal both as an introductory survey of the literature on theories of art and beauty from earliest times to the present and as a text for courses in the philosophy of art. The author examines all major aspects of Western aesthetic thought, and a third of the book focuses specifically on 19th- and 20th-century aesthetic theory.
Part 1 First thoughts. Part 2 Plato: art and imitation; beauty; morality; bibliography. Part 3 Aristotle: the proper pleasure of tragedy; Aristotle's answer to Plato. Part 4 The later classical philosophers: Hellenism and Roman Catholicism; Plotinus. Part 5 The Middle Ages: St Augustine; St Thomas Aquinas; the theory of interpretation. Part 6 The Renaissance: Neoplatonism; theory of painting; music and poetry. Part 7 The Enlightenment: Cartesian rationalism: poetics; theory of painting and music; toward a unified aesthetics. Part 8 The Enlightenment: empiricism - imagination and artistic creation; the problem of taste - Shaftsbury to Hume; the aesthetic qualities - Hogarth to Alison. Part 9 German idealism: Immanuel Kant; objective idealism. Part 10 Romanticism: the aesthetics of feeling; theories of the imagination; Schopenhauer and Nietzsche. Part 11 The artist and society: art for art's sake; realism; social responsibility. Part 12 Contemporary developments: Croce and the metaphysicians; Santayana and Dewey; semiotic approaches; Marxism-Leninism; phenomenology and existentialism; empiricism.
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