"The book's strength is its concise and straightforward deciphering of a variety of representations in a dense manner."-Choice, May 2000
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Philosophy of Art
is a textbook for undergraduate students interested in the topic of philosophical aesthetics. It introduces the techniques of analytical philosophy in addition to a selection of major topics in the field. These include the representational theory of art, formalism, neo-formalism, aesthetic theories of art, neo-Wittgensteinism, the Institutional Theory of Art, as well as historical approaches to the nature of art. Throughout the book, abstract philosophical theories are illustrated by examples from theatre, architecture, painting, music, the decorative arts and photography. These references to both traditional and contemporary art forms, including the avant-garde, enriches the reader's understanding of art theory as well as the appreciation of art.
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