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Philosophy of Art: A Contemporary Introduction (Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy) Hardcover – 16 Sep 1999

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (16 Sept. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415159636
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415159630
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,980,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Paperback
I read this book at least five years ago, and the only thing that's prompted me to review it is revisting it here on Amazon (I didn't buy it from here originally - sorry - but from the Sussex university bookshop, where I was trying to complete my Phd), and finding the only person who reviewed it had given it a lousy two stars. Shame on you, whoever you are.

Carroll's Philosophy of Art: A Contemporary Introduction is an easy-to-read, non-patronising, highly thoughtful, reflective look at the major positions in the field. It left me feeling I wanted to find out more. It left me feeling I'd been led through the territory by a friend. I felt more intelligent for having read it. And yes, I completed my Phd. I'd thoroughly recommend it. Five stars, without hesitation.
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We get an overview of the philosophical approach followed by various routes io a definition of what is art or an artistic object. It's pretty dense arguing, but what do ou expect? At the end the author presents his own view. A good introduction to this area of philosophy'
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By Paul Bowes TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 19 Nov. 2013
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Noël Carroll introduces the reader to the philosophy of art by examining in turn the most influential modern attempts to define art. He makes the point that there has been very little agreement concerning these matters, and that this suggests that there may be a fundamental difficulty with all definitional approaches to art. Having carefully examined various alternatives - representationalism, formalism, neo-Wittgensteinianism, institutional theory and so on - noting their strengths and weaknesses, and how their advocates have responded to critics, he concludes by suggesting an alternative, narrational approach that may avoid the problems created when we insist on a single, universal definition of art.

There are many introductory texts in this area, but I think that this is one of the more substantial. The author is a Professor of the Philosophy of Art, and a well-known figure in the area. His book is aimed primarily at undergraduate students of the arts, or of philosophy. Nonetheless, it should be accessible to any intelligent adult reader with a genuine interest in the subject who is willing to read carefully and is not intimidated by line-by-line argumentation. Its strength is not so much that it argues for any given approach - though obviously the author favours his own - as that it forces the reader to see how complex the apparently simple process of art appreciation really is, and why easy definitions continue to elude us.
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