The Contemplative Activity
Eight Lectures on Aesthetics
- Available for pre-order. Item will ship after January 30, 2022
First published in 1954, The Contemplative Activity analyses our knowledge of aesthetic experience, making the basic assumption that the existence of such experience is a hard core of fact which can only be described. Haezrahi’s approach to the problem of aesthetic judgment is analytical, concerned with clarifying its preconditions, determining its categories and tracing its implications. Her analysis reveals it consists a particular mode of perception and a particular attitude adopted towards what is so perceived. The various philosophies of art and beauty, though they represent attitudes different from the purely aesthetic one, are carefully examined too since the contemplative spectator is indebted to them for the achievement of adequate aesthetic responses to specific works of art. Haezrahi also discusses methods of objective evaluation of the aesthetic experience as well as possible means to reduce the margin of error involved in the particular responses of critics and theorists. This book will be particularly important for students of philosophy and of art.
Table of Contents
1. The Subject-matter of Aesthetics: a methodological question 2. The Nature of Aesthetic Experience 3. Various Interpretations of the Content of the Aesthetic Experience 4. The Question of Taste 5. What is a Work of Art and How is it Judged? 6. Content and Form 7. The Perfect Aesthetic Response 8. Some Moral Reflections on Aesthetic Matters