Philosophers have considered questions raised by the nature of art, of beauty, and critical appreciation since ancient times, and the discipline of aesthetics has a long tradition that stretches from Plato to the present.
Carolyn Korsmeyer is Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is the editor (with Peggy Zeglin Brand) of Feminism and Tradition in Aesthetics (1995) and (with Hilde Hein) Aesthetics in Feminist Perspective (1993) and the author (with Dubois, Kelly, Kennedy, and Robinson) of Feminist Scholarship: Kindling in the Groves of Academe (1985).
List of Plates. Acknowledgments. Introduction. Part One: What is Art?. Preface. John Dewey. The Live Creature. Richard L. Anderson, from Calliopea s Sisters. The Artworld. Arthur C. Danto. Crafty Women and the Hierarchy of the Arts. Roszika Parker and Griselda Pollock. Zen and the Art of Tea. D. T. Suzuki. Dressing Down Dressing Up. The Philosophic Fear of Fashion. Karen Hanson. Part Two: Experience and Appreciation: How Do We Encounter Art?. Preface. A Contested Term: What is "Aesthetic"?. The Aesthetic Attitude. Jerome Stolnitz. Locating the Aesthetic. Marcia Eaton. From Truth and Method. Hans Georg Gadamer. How is Art Presented to the Public?. Artistic Dropouts. Kevin Melchionne. Museums: From Object to Experience. Hilde Hein. The MoMAa s Hot Mamas. Carol Duncan. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Arthur Danto. Part Three: Aesthetic Evaluation: Who Decides?. Preface. Of the Standard of Taste. David Hume. From Distinction. Pierre Bourdieu. Disinterestedness and Political Art. Peggy Zeglin Brand. High and Low Thinking About High and Low Art. Ted Cohen. Part Four: Can We Learn from Art?. Preface. From The Republic. Plato. The Sovereignty of Good. Iris Murdoch. From Lovea s Knowledge. Martha Nussbaum. Carnage and Glory, Legends and Lies. Michael Norman. Paintings and Their Places. Susan L. Feagin. Part Five: Tragedy, Sublimity, Horror: Why Do We Enjoy Painful Experiences in Art?. Preface. Tragedy: Sophocles, Choral Ode from Oedipus at Colonus. From the Poetics. Aristotle. From The Birth of Tragedy. Friedrich Nietzsche. Sublimity. Descent into the Maelstrom. Edgar Allen Poe. From A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful. Edmund Burke. From The Critique of Judgement. Immanuel Kant. Horror. From The Philosophy of Horror. Noel Carroll. Realist Horror. Cynthia Freeland. Part Six: Where is the Artist in the Work of Art?. Preface. Genius and Creativity. From Critique of Judgement. Kant. Gender and Genius. Christine Battersby. Interpreting the Artist in Society. What is an Author? Michael Foucault. Truth and other Cultures. Michael Baxandall. Musical Thinking and Thinking About Music. Bruno Nettl. Index.