Stephen Davies The Philosophy of Art

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The Philosophy of Art

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Written with clarity, wit, and rigor, The Philosophy of Art provides an incisive account of the core topics in the field.


  • The first volume in the new Foundations of the Philosophy of the Arts series, designed to provide crisp introductions to the fundamental general questions about art, as well as to questions about the several arts (such as literature, music or painting).
  • Presents a clear and insightful introduction to central topics and on-going debates in the philosophy of art.
  • Eight sections cover a wide spectrum of topics such as the interpretation of art, the relation between art and moral values, and the expression and arousal of emotion through art.
  • Pedagogical features include full-color illustrations, vibrant examples, thought-provoking discussion questions and helpful suggested readings.

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In this engaging text, Stephen Davies provides an incisive account of the core subjects and questions in contemporary philosophy of art. Topics include the interpretation of art; the relation between art, culture, and our evolutionary heritage; the expression and arousal of emotion through art; the challenges posed by varieties of art over time and across cultures; and provocative puzzles about the value of art.

Featuring full-color illustrations, vibrant examples, and questions for further reflection, The Philosophy of Art offers thoughtful and provocative discussion for anyone interested in the nature and appreciation of art.

About the Author:

Stephen Davies teaches philosophy at the University of Auckland. He is the author of Definitions of Art (1991), Musical Meaning and Expression (1994), Musical Works and Performances: A Philosophical Exploration (2001), and Themes in the Philosophy of Music (2003), and the editor of Art and Its Messages: Meaning, Morality, and Society (1997) and Art and Essence (2003).

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