Art in Context : Understanding Aesthetic Value

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-03-25
  • Publisher: Ohio Univ Pr
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The various lenses-ethical, political, sexual, religious, and so forth-through which we may view art are often instrumental in giving us an appreciation of the work. InArt in Context: Understanding Aesthetic Value, philosopher David Fenner presents a straightforward, accessible overview of the arguments about the importance of considering the relevant context in determining the true merit of a work of art. Art in Contextis a systematic, historically situated, and historically evidenced attempt to demonstrate the importance of considering contexts that will, in the vast majority of cases, increase the aesthetic experience. While focusing on distance, detachment, aestheticism, art for artrs"s sake, and formalism can at times be instructive and interesting, such approaches risk missing the larger and often central issue of the piece. Based on the findings of philosophers and critics, and on artwork throughout history,Art in Contextprovides a solid foundation for understanding and valuing a work of art in perspective as well as within the particular world in which it exists.

Author Biography

David E. W. Fenner is dean of the Graduate School at the
University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. He is the author
of The Aesthetic Attitude and Introducing Aesthetics and the editor
of Ethics and the Arts and Ethics in Education.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
A Theory of "The Aesthetic"p. 17
The Value of Artp. 43
Disinterest Theory and Formalist Theoryp. 80
Contextualist Theoryp. 122
Issues of Definitionp. 167
Issues Concerning the Power of Artp. 196
Issues of Meaningfulnessp. 228
Science and Contextualist Aestheticsp. 262
A Review of the Arguments and Evidencep. 285
Notesp. 307
Bibliographyp. 331
Indexp. 345
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