The A to Z of Aesthetics covers its history from Classical Greece to the present, including entries on non-western aesthetics. The book contains a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on the main concepts, terminology, important persons (philosophers, critics, and artists), and the rules and criteria we apply in making judgments on art. By providing concise information on aesthetics, this dictionary is not only accessible to students, but it provides details and facts to specialists in the field.
Dabney Townsend is professor of philosophy and special projects coordinator at Armstrong Atlantic State University and secretary-treasurer of the American Society for Aesthetics. He is the author of several books and numerous journal articles on aesthetics, early modern philosophy, and the philosophy of language.