Aesthetics (Fundamentals of Philosophy)
By: Colin Lyas (author)Hardback
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This book presents an up-to-date introduction to the subject that captures the excitement and passion of art itself. It opens by exploring why art is important to us and goes on to grip the reader with a discussion of all of the areas central to aesthetics: aesthetic experience, representation, expression, definition of art, evaluation, interpretation, structuralism and post-structuralism, truth and morality. It draws upon the great thinkers on art, Plato and Kant, Croce and Beardsley, including the most recent iconoclastic views of Barthes and Derrida.
Part 1 Stories: nature's mirror - imitation, representation and imagination; Anglo-Kantian attitudes; "ne'er so well expressed"; tales from the Vienna woods - Wittgenstein and after; after the Holocaust - Adorno's challenge and Beuys' answer. Part 2 Problems: the proof of the pudding: subjectivism confronted; the empty tomb - authors and meaning; Helen Schlegel's Beethoven - morals and truths; conclusions - the point of it all.
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