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3rd Edition

The Routledge Companion to Aesthetics

ISBN 9780415782876
Published May 22, 2013 by Routledge
704 Pages

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Book Description

The third edition of the acclaimed Routledge Companion to Aesthetics contains over sixty chapters written by leading international scholars covering all aspects of aesthetics.

This companion opens with an historical overview of aesthetics including entries on Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Adorno, Benjamin, Foucault, Goodman, and Wollheim. The second part covers the central concepts and theories of aesthetics, including the definitions of art, taste, the value of art, beauty, imagination, fiction, narrative, metaphor and pictorial representation. Part three is devoted to issues and challenges in aesthetics, including art and ethics, art and religion, creativity, environmental aesthetics and feminist aesthetics. The final part addresses the individual arts, including music, photography, film, videogames, literature, theater, dance, architecture and design.

With ten new entries, and revisions and updated suggestions for further reading throughout, The Routledge Companion to Aesthetics is essential for anyone interested in aesthetics, art, literature, and visual studies.

Table of Contents

Part 1: History of aesthetics  1. Plato Christopher Janaway  2. Aristotle Nickolas Pappas  3. Medieval aesthetics John Haldane  4. Empiricism: Hutcheson and Hume James Shelley  5. Kant Donald W. Crawford  6. Hegel Michael Inwood  7. Idealism: Schopenhauer, Schiller and Schelling Dale Jacquette  8. Nietzsche Ruben Berrios and Aaron Ridley  9. Formalism Noël Carroll  10. Pragmatism: Dewey Richard Shusterman  11. Expressivism: Croce and Collingwood Gordon Graham  12. Heidegger Thomas E. Wartenberg  13. Phenomenology: Merleau-Ponty and Sartre Adrienne Dengerink Chaplin  14. Adorno Ted Gracyk  15. Benjamin Martin Donougho  16. Foucault Robert Wicks  17. Postmodernism David Novitz  18. Goodman Jenefer Robinson  19. Sibley Colin Lyas  20. Wollheim Derek Matravers  Part 2: Aesthetic theory  21. Definitions of art Stephen Davies   22. Categories of art David Davies  23. Ontology of art Guy Rohrbaugh  24. The aesthetic James Shelley  25. Taste Carolyn Korsmeyer  26. Aesthetic universals Denis Dutton  27. Art and evolution Mohan Matthen  28. Value of art Matthew Kieran  29. Beauty Rafael De Clercq  30. Interpretation Robert Stecker  31. Imagination and make-believe Gregory Currie and Anna Ichino  32. Fiction David Davies  33. Narrative Paisley Livingston  34. Metaphor Garry Hagberg  35. Depiction Catharine Abell  Part 3: Issues and challenges  36. Criticism Jonathan Gilmore  37. Art and knowledge Eileen John  38. Art and ethics Berys Gaut  39. Art, expression and emotion Derek Matravers  40. Tragedy Alex Neill  41. Humor Ted Cohen  42. Creativity Margaret Boden  43. Style Aaron Meskin  44. Authenticity in performance James O. Young  45. Fakes and forgeries Nan Stalnaker  46. High art versus low art John A. Fisher  47. Environmental aesthetics Allen Carlson  48. Feminist aesthetics Karen Hanson  49. Art and religion Gordon Graham  Part 4: The individual arts  50. Literature Peter Lamarque  51. Poetry Peter Lamarque  52. Theater James Hamilton  53. Film Murray Smith  54. Videogames Grant Tavinor  55. Comics Aaron Meskin  56. Photography Dawn M. Wilson  57. Painting Dominic McIver Lopes  58. Sculpture Sherri Irvin  59. Design Glenn Parsons  60. Architecture Edward Winters  61. Music Andrew Kania  62. Dance Graham McFee.  Index

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Berys Gaut is Professor of Philosophy at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, and President of the British Society of Aesthetics. He is the author of Art, Emotion and Ethics and A Philosophy of Cinematic Art, and co-author, with Morag Gaut, of Philosophy for Young Children: A Practical Guide (Routledge, 2011).

Dominic McIver Lopes is Distinguished University Scholar and Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia, Canada, and President of the American Society for Aesthetics. He is the author of Understanding Pictures, Sight and Sensibility: Evaluating Pictures, A Philosophy of Computer Art (Routledge, 2009) and Beyond Art.


Reviews of previous editions:

"This is an immensely useful book that belongs in every college library and on the bookshelves of all serious students of aesthetics." - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism

"Attests to the richness of modern aesthetics…the essays in central topics – many of which are written by well-known figures – succeed in being informative, balanced and intelligent without being too difficult." - British Journal of Aesthetics

"This handsome reference volume. . . belongs in every library." - CHOICE

"The succinctness and clarity of the essays will make this a source that individuals not familiar with aesthetics will find extremely helpful." - The Philosophical Quarterly

"An outstanding resource in aesthetics…this text will not only serve as a handy reference source for students and faculty alike, but it could also be used as a text for a course in the philosophy of art." - Australasian Journal of Philosophy

"The sheer eclecticism of this work – the variety of content, method, outlook and sensibility – shows the vigour and vitality that aesthetics as a branch of modern philosophy has come to assume in the last two or three decades. Its compilation is a real achievement, and it will appeal to a very wise range of readers. Some of these essays are, and will remain, classics of their kind." - Richard Wollheim