A Companion to Aesthetics

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A Companion to Aesthetics

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In this extensively revised and updated edition, 168 alphabetically arranged articles provide comprehensive treatment of the main topics and writers in this area of aesthetics.

  • Written by prominent scholars covering a wide-range of key topics in aesthetics and the philosophy of art
  • Features revised and expanded entries from the first edition, as well as new chapters on recent developments in aesthetics and a larger number of essays on non-Western thought about art
  • Unique to this edition are six overview essays on the history of aesthetics in the West from antiquity to modern times

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This second edition of A Companion to Aesthetics examines questions that were among the earliest discussed by ancient philosophers, such as the nature of beauty and the relation between morality and art, while also addressing a host of new issues prompted by recent developments in the arts and in philosophy, including coverage of non-Western art traditions and of everyday and environmental aesthetics. The volume also canvases debates regarding the nature of representation, the relation between art and truth, and the criteria for interpretation, which are among the most hotly discussed topics in contemporary philosophy.

In this extensively revised and updated edition, 168 alphabetically arranged articles provide comprehensive treatment of the main topics and writers in aesthetics. Major additions include historical overviews from the prehistoric to the present and a section on the individual arts. A Companion to Aesthetics will serve students of philosophy, literary criticism, and cultural studies - as well as the educated general reader - both as a work of reference and, with its many substantial essays, as a guide to the best thinking about the arts from the ancient Greeks to the dawn of the twenty-first century.

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Stephen Davies, University of Auckland, New Zealand, is the author of Definitions of Art (1991), Musical Meaning and Expression (1994), Musical Works and Performances (2001), Themes in the Philosophy of Music (2003), The Philosophy of Art (Blackwell, 2006), and Philosophical Perspectives on Art (2007). He is the editor of Art and Its Messages (1997), co-editor of Art & Essence (2003), and co-editor for aesthetics and the philosophy of art for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. He is on the editorial boards of Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism,, Rivista di Estetica, Philosophy of Music Education Review, Res Musica, and Philosophy Compass.

Kathleen Marie Higgins, University of Texas at Austin, is the author of The Music of Our Lives (1991), and of many books in other areas of philosophy. She is also editor of Aesthetics in Perspecptive (1996), and is on the editorial board of Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. She brings to the project specialist knowledge of Continental philosophy, history of aesthetics, non-Western aesthetics, and feminism.

Robert Hopkins, University of Sheffield, UK, is the author of Picture, Image and Experience (1998) and many articles on aesthetics and related topics in the philosophy of mind. His research was recognized by the award of a Philip Leverhulme Prize (2001). He is the first president of the European Society for Aesthetics. He brings to the project expert knowledge of painting, the plastic arts, the imagination, and aesthetic judgment.

Robert Stecker, Central Michigan University, is the author of Artworks (1997), Interpretation and Construction (2003), and Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art (2005). He is co-editor for aesthetics and the philosophy of art for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy and he has also co-edited editions of Hume's Treatise and of Locke's Essay. He brings to the project specialist knowledge of literature and interpretation.

David E. Cooper, University of Durham, UK, has authored, edited and co-edited many books, including Metaphor (1986); Heidegger (1996); The Measure of Things (2002); World Philosophies: An Historical Introduction (1995; 2nd edn, 2003).; A Companion to Aesthetics (1st edn, 1992). He is currently co-editing Philosophy: The Classic Readings (Blackwell).

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