Arguing About Art: Contemporary Philosophical Debates, 3rd Edition (Paperback) book cover

Arguing About Art

Contemporary Philosophical Debates, 3rd Edition

Edited by Alex Neill, Aaron Ridley


504 pages

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Paperback: 9780415424516
pub: 2007-09-19
Hardback: 9780415424509
pub: 2007-09-19

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Offering a unique 'debate' format, the third edition ofthe 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 providesa 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.


'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

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

About the Editors

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

About the Series

Arguing About Philosophy

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / General
PHILOSOPHY / Aesthetics