Philosophy of Art: A Contemporary Introduction (Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy) Paperback – 26 Aug 1999
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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.See all Product Description
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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.
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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Purchased on behalf of my brother for his art degree...he was happy with it.Published 11 months ago by Heather Swain