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In Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art, Robert Stecker introduces students to the history and evolution of aesthetics, and also makes an important distinction between aesthetics and philosophy of art. While aesthetics today is the study of value, philosophy of art deals with a much wider array of questions not just about value, addressing issues in metaphysics, epistemology, and the philosophy of mind as well.
Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art is an essential introduction to some of the central topics and approaches being debated in contemporary aesthetics and philosophy of art. By taking a stand on each of the issues addressed and arguing for certain resolutions and against others, the text does not simply present a controversy in its current state of play, but instead helps to advance it toward a solution.
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Robert Stecker is professor of philosophy at Central Michigan University.Review:
A well-documented discussion of philosophy of art that can serve well as a textbook on the subject for American readers. (Choice)
This book is a thorough and remarkably unified introduction to many contemporary debates in aesthetics and the philosophy of art, which Stecker sees as 'two distinct though overlapping fields'...A pleasure to read and a paradigmatic introduction to the subject -- a highly recommended resource for students and teachers alike. (Russell DiSilvestro The British Journal Of Aesthetics)
In this welcome new introduction, Robert Stecker presents and debates some of the most engaging and intractable issues in contemporary aesthetics with his characteristic clarity, good sense, and thoroughness. (Peter Lamarque)
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