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3rd Edition

Philosophy of the Arts
An Introduction to Aesthetics

ISBN 9780415349796
Published October 23, 2005 by Routledge
288 Pages

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Book Description

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.



GORDON GRAHAM is Regius Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen. 


'The new edition of Philosophy of the Arts provides one of the most comprehensive and pellucid introductions to aesthetics on the market.' - Andy Hamilton, Durham University

Reviews of the second edition:

'…clear, comprehensive yet philosophically complex.' - Matthew Kieran, University of Leeds

'…accessible, wide-ranging and above all engaged.' - Jerrold Levinson, University of Maryland

'Gordon Graham’s book is a delight – urbane and authoritative, accessible to all.' - Peter Lamarque, University of Hull

'An excellent introduction to philosophical aesthetics, which also makes its own distinctive and original contribution to the subject.' - Alex Neill, University of Southampton