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3rd Edition

Arguing About Art
Contemporary Philosophical Debates

ISBN 9780415424516
Published October 8, 2007 by Routledge
504 Pages

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Book Description

Offering a unique 'debate' format, the third edition of the bestselling Arguing About Art is ideal for newcomers to aesthetics or philosophy of art.

This lively collection presents an extensive range of short, clear introductions to each of the discussions which include:

  • sentimentality
  • appreciation
  • interpretation
  • understanding
  • objectivity
  • nature
  • food
  • horror.

With revised introductions, updated suggestions for further reading and new sections on pornography and societies without art, Arguing About Art provides a stimulating and accessible anthology suitable for those coming to aesthetics for the first time. The book will also appeal to students of art history, literature, and cultural studies.

Table of Contents

Preface  Acknowledgements  1. Introduction  Part 1: The Art of Food?  2. Elizabeth Telfer, Food as Art  3. Carolyn Korsmeyer, The Meaning of Taste and the Taste of Meaning  Part 2: The “Authentic” Performance of Music  4. Stephen Davies, Authenticity in Musical Performance  5. James O. Young, The Concept of Authentic Performance  Part 3: Fakes and Forgeries  6. Alfred Lessing, What is Wrong with a Forgery?  7. Denis Dutton, Artistic Crimes  Part 4: Rock Music and Culture  8. Roger Scruton, The Decline of Musical Culture  9. Theodore Gracyk, Music’s Worldly Uses, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying  and to Love Led Zeppelin  Part 5: Appreciation, Understanding and Nature  10.  Allen Carlson, Aesthetic Appreciation of the Natural Environment  11.  Noël Carroll, On Being Moved By Nature:  Between Religion and Natural  History  12. Malcolm Budd, Models of Nature Appreciation  Part 6: Photography and Representation  13. Roger Scruton, Photography and Representation  14. Dominic Lopes, The Aesthetics of Photographic Transparency  15. Dawn M. Phillips, The Real Challenge for an Aesthetics of Photography  Part 7: Feelings and Fictions  16. Kendall Walton, Fearing Fictionally 17. Alex Neill, Fiction and the Emotions  Part 8: Enjoying Horror  18.  Noël Carroll, Why Horror?  19.  Berys Gaut, The Paradox of Horror  Part 9: Sentimentality  20.  Anthony Savile, Sentimentality  21. Ira Newman, The Alleged Unwholesomeness of Sentimentality  22.  David Pugmire, Sentimentality and Truthfulness   Part 10: Pornography and Erotica  23. Mathew Kieran, Pornographic Art  24. Jerrold Levinson, Erotic Art and Pornographic Pictures  Part 11: Public Art  25. Various contributors, Transcript of a hearing to decide the future of Tilted Arc  26. Hilde Hein, What is Public Art?: Place, Time and Meaning  27. Gregg M. Horowitz, Public Art / Public Space: The Spectacle of the Tilted Arc Controversy  28. Michael Kelly, Public Art Controversy: The Serra and Lin Cases  Part 12: Are There Societies Without Art?  29.  Denis Dutton, ‘But They Don’t Have Our Concept of Art’  30. Larry Shiner, Western and Non-Western Concepts of Art  

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Alex Neill is a Senior Lecturer and Aaron Ridley is a Professor, both at the University of Southampton, UK.


'A most valuable supplement to any philosophical aesthetics course, one that would enliven and freshen it up, partly by deftly engaging students.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

'My first choice for a core text in an undergraduate course would be Neill and Ridley. On every topic their lively collection stimulates thought.' The European Journal of Philosophy