Aesthetics: The Key Thinkers by Alessandro Giovannelli

By Alessandro Giovannelli

Aesthetics: the main Thinkers deals a entire historic evaluate of the sector of aesthetics. Eighteen especially commissioned essays introduce and discover the contributions of these philosophers who've formed the topic, from its origins within the paintings of the traditional Greeks to modern advancements within the twenty first Century.

The ebook reconstructs the background of aesthetics, basically illustrating crucial makes an attempt to deal with such an important matters because the nature of aesthetic judgment, the prestige of paintings, and where of the humanities inside of society. excellent for undergraduate scholars, the publication lays the required foundations for a whole and thorough realizing of this interesting subject.

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He has published widely in aesthetics, especially on issues in philosophy of film, photography, literature, and the visual arts. He is the author of Art as Performance, Aesthetics and Literature, and Philosophy of the Performing Arts. Richard Eldridge is Charles and Harriett Cox McDowell Professor of Philosophy at Swarthmore College (USA). His most recent books are Literature, Life, and Modernity and the coedited collection Stanley Cavell and Literary Criticism: Consequences of Skepticism (Bloomsbury).

Indianapolis, IN: Hackett. ) References and further reading Janaway, Christopher. 1995. Images of Excellence: Plato’s Critique of the Arts. Oxford: Clarendon Press. Halliwell, Stephen. 2002. The Aesthetics of Mimesis: Ancient Texts and Modern Problems. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. Moravcsik, J. M. , and P. Temko, eds. 1982. Plato on Beauty, Wisdom and the Arts. Totowa, NJ: Rowman and Allenheld. Nehamas, Alexander. 1999. Virtues of Authenticity: Essays on Plato and Socrates. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, Part III, “Plato: Questions of Beauty and the Arts,” 252–299.

As a unitary philosophical discipline, however, aesthetics is a fairly recent product. The contemporary use of the term “aesthetics” (from the Greek aisthētikos for “of sense perception”) is due to Alexander Baumgarten (1714–1762), who adopted it in his 1735 dissertation on poetry (1954), to designate the science of knowledge acquired through the senses. It was Kant who in 1790, in the Preface to his Critique of the Power of Judgment, called “aesthetic” those judgments that “concern the beautiful and the sublime in nature or art” (2001, 57).

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