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An introduction to the philosophy of art

"In this book Richard Eldridge presents a clear and compact survey of philosophical theories of the nature and significance of art. Drawing on materials from classical and contemporary philosophy as well as from literary theory and art criticism, he explores the representational, expressive, and formal dimensions of art, and he argues that works of art present their subject matter in ways that are of enduring cognitive, moral, and social interest
Print Book, English, 2003
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 2003
ix, 285 pages ; 26 cm
9780521801355, 9780521805216, 0521801354, 052180521X
1. The situation and tasks of the philosophy of art
2. Representation, imitation, and resemblance
3. Beauty and form
4. Expression
5. Originality and imagination
6. Understanding art
7. Identifying and evaluating art
8. Art and emotion
9. Art and morality
10. Art and society: some contemporary practices of art
11. Epilogue: the evidence of things not seen