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Explains why art is important, discusses expression, form, beauty, and criticism, and raises questions about ethics, meaning, and truth

a well-written, accessible introduction to a difficult subject

Anne Sheppard is Lecturer in Classics at Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London.

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Why do people read novels, go to the theater, or listen to beautiful music? Do we seek out aesthetic experiences simply because we enjoy them--or is there another, deeper, reason we spend our leisure time viewing or experiencing works of art? Aesthetics, the first short introduction to the
contemporary philosophy of aesthetics, examines not just the nature of the aesthetic experience, but the definition of art, and its moral and intrinsic value in our lives.
Anne Sheppard divides her work into two parts: In the first, she summarizes the major theories defining art and beauty; in the second, she explores the nature of aesthetic evaluation and appreciation. As Sheppard explains, there are three main approaches to defining art, all focused on what
art objects share. One proposes that all art imitates something in life, another that it expresses something (such as anger or ecstasy), still another suggests that all art has formal qualities. There is also a fourth which offers that all art shares the quality of beauty.
In the second part, which concentrates on literary art, Sheppard explores such philosophic topics as critical judgment, meaning and truth in literature, and the relationship between art and morals. She raises such questions as whether there is one correct interpretation of a work of art and
whether art has a moral effect on its audience and, citing specific examples, explores the views that have been put forth. A wide-ranging, intriguing book, which assumes no formal knowledge on the part of its readers, Aesthetics opens the door to a greater understanding and appreciation of

This book provides an up-to-date introduction to aesthetics for the general reader, with particular emphasis on literature.

Informations sur le produit

Titre: Aesthetics
Sous-titre: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Art
Code EAN: 9780192891648
ISBN: 978-0-19-289164-8
Format: Couverture cartonnée
Editeur: Oxford University Press
Genre: Linguistique et sciences de la littérature
nombre de pages: 192
Poids: 213g
Taille: H196mm x B129mm x T13mm
Année: 1987