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Philosophy of the Arts: An Introduction to Aesthetics

Philosophy of the Arts: An Introduction to Aesthetics
Author: Gordon Graham
ISBN 13: 9780415349796
ISBN 10: 415349796
Edition: 3
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 2005-11-12
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
List Price: $45.95

Philosophy of the Arts presents a comprehensive and accessible introduction to those coming to aesthetics and the philosophy of art for the first time. The third edition is greatly enhanced by new sections on art and beauty, modern art, Aristotle and katharsis, and Hegel. Each chapter has been thoroughly revised with fresh material and extended discussions. As with previous editions, the book:

  • is jargon-free and will appeal to students of music, art history and literature as well as philosophy

  • looks at a wide range of the arts from film, painting and architecture to fiction, music and poetry

  • discusses a range of philosophical theories of thinkers such as Hume, Kant, Gaender, Collingwood, Derrida, Hegel and Croce

  • contains regular summaries and suggestions for further reading.


In his introductory examination of the value of art, Graham (philosophy, King's College) uses a wide variety of examples to discuss various theories (pleasure, emotion, understanding, and meaning) both in the way they influence our common thinking and in the more precise form in which they are found in the writings of famous philosophers. Finally, he addresses the more abstract and difficult questions about the proper basis of aesthetics and art theory. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.