Philosophy of the Arts: An Introduction to Aesthetics

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Philosophy of the Arts approaches the issues in aesthetics not by asking what art is, but what its special value is. Gordon Graham explores the familiar and rival ideas of the value of art as a form of entertainment, a source of beauty and as a means of emotional expression. He undertakes an understanding of art in general--painting, film, fiction, poetry, architecture and music--rather than fine art alone. Graham reflects upon the theories of a range of thinkers, including Hume, Kant, Habermas, Levy-Strauss and Derrida to promote a complete awareness for the merits of the arts.

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Gordon Graham is Regius Professor of Moral Philosophy at University of Aberdeen. He is the author most recently of The Shape of the Past (1997) and Ethics and International Relations (1996).

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"Straightforward, wide-ranging and above all engaged, Gordon Graham's discussion of important theories of the value of art, conducted with close attention to particular artforms, will be found highly useful by beginners in aesthetics."-Jerrold Levinson, University of Maryland.

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