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From Plato's Ion to works by contemporary philosophers, this anthology showcases classic texts to illuminate the development of philosophical thought about art and the aesthetic. This volume is the most comprehensive collection of readings on aesthetics and the philosophy of art currently available. Brings together the most significant writings in aesthetics and philosophy of art from the past 2500 years Each section includes a useful introductory essay which provides an overview of developments in the field Broken down into three sections: Historical Sources, Modern Theories, and Contemporary Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art Thorough, systematic, and flexible, including two alternative tables of contents (historical and topical); an ideal textbook and guide to the field

Author Biography

Steven M. Cahn is Professor of Philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of nine books, including Fate, Logic, and Time, Saints and Scamps: Ethics in Academia, revised edition, Puzzles and Perplexities, second edition, and God, Reason, and Religion. He has also edited or co-edited some thirty volumes, including Classics of Western Philosophy, now in its seventh edition.

Aaron Meskin is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Leeds. His publications on aesthetics have appeared in the British Journal of Aesthetics, the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research and a number of anthologies. He is also aesthetics editor for the online journal Philosophy Compass (Wiley-Blackwell).

Table of Contents

Aesthetics: Classic and Contemporary Readings
Edited by Cahn and Meskin
Historical Sources
The Modern System of the Arts
Ion: Plato
The Republic: Plato
Symposium: Plato
Poetics: Aristotle
Ennead I, vi: Plotinus
Of Music
On the Reduction of the Arts to Theology
Characteristics of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times: Third Earl of Shaftesbury
Inquiry into the Origins of our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue
Of the Standard of Taste
Philosophical Inquiry into the Origin of our Ideas on the Sublime and the Beautiful
Critique of Judgment
Modern Theories
Introduction to Modern Theories
Letter of an Aesthetic Education of Man
Philosophy of Art
The Philosophy of Fine Art
The World as Will and Representation
The Beautiful in Music
The Birth of Tragedy
What is Art?
∆Psychical Distance∆ as a Factor in Art and as an Aesthetic Principle
The Principles of Art
Art as Experience
Feeling and Form
The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
The Origin of the Work of Art
Aesthetic Theory
Truth and Method
Contemporary Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art
Introduction to Contemporary Aesthetics
Aesthetic Problems of Modern Philosophy
The Role of Theory in Aesthetics
The Artworld
What is Art? An Institutional Analysis
When is Art?
Identifying Art
The Myth of the Aesthetic Attitude
Art and its Objects
What a Musical Work Is
Aesthetic Concepts
Beauty Restored
Categories of Art
Appreciation and the Natural Environment
The Intentional Fallacy
The Postulated Author: Critical Monism as a Regulative Ideal
Art Intention and Conversation
The Ethical Criticism of Art
Expressive Properties of Art
Style and Personality in the Literary Work
Emotions in the Music
Fearing Fictions
Oppressive Texts, Resisting Readers and the Gendered Spectator
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