The Philosophy of the Visual Arts

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The Philosophy of the Visual Arts

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Most instructors who teach introductory courses in aesthetics or the philosophy of arts use the visual arts as their implicit reference for "art" in general, yet until now there has been no aesthetics anthology specifically orientated to the visual arts. This text stresses conceptual and theoretical issues, first examining the very notion of "the visual arts" and then investigating philosophical questions raised by various forms, from painting, the paradigmatic form, to sculpture, photography, film, dance, kitsch, and other forms on the borders of the visual arts. The selections represent both classical and contemporary views and include sections by artists, art historians, and critics as well as philosophers. A singularly important text for courses in the philosophy of arts or aesthetics, this anthology is designed to enrich the philosophical and critical examination of our beliefs about the visual arts.

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Philip A. Alperson is at University of Louisville.

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"There is much in this book which is valuable to a student of art....Alperson has done a remarkable job gathering together material from diverse sources. The book's strength is that it contains many essays which, having gone out of print or being inaccessible, are now generally unavailable to
either student or academic....[Alperson's] efforts have produced a valuable reference source."--Scott Koterbay, University of St. Andrews

"Some interesting articles in this reader."--H. Phillips Hamlin, University of Tennessee

"A fine selection of essays."--Robert M. Johnson, Castieton State College

"I appreciate the breadth and variety in the readings....A fine balance of the traditional and the contemporary. The chapter introductions are 'reader-friendly.'!"--Walter J. Stohrer, Marquette University

"A good mix of classics and contemporary pieces....First-rate."--Winston A. Wilkinson, Michigan State University

"Magnificent reference, spanning historical and contemporary reflections on the nature and contextual relationships of art and how we define art."--William Prioil, Ramapo College of New Jersey

"A unique, comprehensive anthology on the visual arts....Interesting essays on topics often neglected in texts."--J. Whitman Hoff, Lockhaven University of Pennsylvania

"Excellent source for the finest ideas, historic and current, on the nature of art."--Alan Maetaggart, Landers College

"One of the best books on the topic that I have seen. Very complete and suitable for both graduate and undergraduate courses in art or art education."--H.S. Nyuhinnie, University of Maryland

"Excellent choice of articles."--Tom Franks, Eastern Michigan University

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