1st Edition

Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art
Comparative Perspectives

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ISBN 9780367529703
July 23, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge India
220 Pages

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Book Description

This volume brings together the finest research on aesthetics and the philosophy of art by stalwart critics and leading scholars in the field. It discusses various themes such as the idea of aesthetic perception, the nature of aesthetic experience, Attitude Theory, the relation of art to morality, representation in art, and the association of aesthetics with language studies in the Indian tradition. It deliberates over the theories and views of Aristotle, Freud, Plato, Immanuel Kant, T. S. Eliot, George Dickie, Leo Tolstoy, R. G Collingwood, Mitias Beardsley, and Abhinavagupta, amongst others. The book offers a comparative perspective on Indian and Western approaches to the study of art and aesthetics, and enables readers to appreciate the similarities and differences between the conceptions of aesthetics and philosophy of art on a comparative scale detailing various aspects of both.

The first of its kind, this key text will be useful for scholars and researchers of arts and aesthetics, philosophy of art, cultural studies, comparative literature, and philosophy in general. It will also appeal to general readers interested in the philosophy of art.

Table of Contents

Introduction  Section – I: Aesthetics and Aesthetic Perception 1. Aesthetics beyond Aesthetics 2. Aesthetic Perception 3. Aesthetic Experience: A Review 4. Aesthetic Qualities, Aesthetic Experience, Aesthetic Value 5. On Play and Aesthetic Theory 6. Aesthetes, Critics and the Aesthetic Attitude 7. Art and Goodness: Collingwood’s Aesthetics and Moore’s Ethics Compared 8. On the Challenge of Art to Philosophy: Aesthetics at the End of Epistemology Section – II: Art, Artefact and the Philosophy of Art 9. Aristotle and Freud on Art 10. Art and Morality 11. The Artifactuality of Art 12. Representation, Representativeness and "Non-Representational" Art 13. Imitation and Art 14. Theory of Impersonal Art 15. East and West in Coomaraswamy's Theory of Art


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Prabha Shankar Dwivedi is Assistant Professor of English at the Indian Institute of Technology Tirupati, India. He has also taught at the Department of English and Other European Languages, Dr. HariSingh Gour Central University, Sagar, Madhya Pradesh, India. His research interests include Indian theories of language and literature, comparative poetics, and Indian religions. He is the author of Epistemology and Linguistics, published in April 2019.