A Companion to Aesthetics: The Blackwell Companion to Philosophy (Blackwell Companions to Philosophy)

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Questions about the nature of beauty and the relation between morality and art were among the earliest discussed by ancient philosophers. And today, a host of new issues has been prompted by recent developments in the arts and in philosophy, testifying to a great revival of interest in aesthetics and literary criticism. The nature of representation, the relation between art and truth, and the criteria for interpretation are among the most debated problems in contemporary philosophy.


This reference series, centred on analytic philosophy but also covering important aspects of the continental tradition and of non-Western philosophies, is made up of a number of volumes each dealing with a particular subject area. Taken together the series offers a comprehensive survey of philosophy as a whole. The entries in each volume combine summarized information on names, terms and moverments and each essay is also supported by a selective bibliography.

Alphabetically arranged, the 130 articles in this volume provide comprehensive coverage of the main topics and writers in this area of aesthetics. The Companion will serve students of philosophy, literary criticism and cultural studies - as well as the general reader - both as a work of reference and, with its many substantial essays, as a guide to the best thinking about the arts in the late twentieth century.

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About the Author:

David E. Cooper is Professor of Philosophy at Durham University.

Joseph Margolis is Professor of Philosophy at Temple University.

Crispin Sartwell is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alabama.

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Intended to provide scholars and students with a single-volume reference to the history and terminology of aesthetic concepts and theory, this dictionary-style work includes signed articles, varying in length from a column to three or four pages, with individual bibliographies. References to ideas, as well as to publications, go through 1990. For instance, the effect of revolution in eastern Europe on the history of Marxist art theory is discussed. The cross references included are necessary as well as useful, for some terms are really subtopics while other are too broad to be treated adequately in a single essay. In addition, the copy editing is occasionally erratic, resulting in errors like missing dates. This book will serve its intended scholarly audience, but it has too little to offer more general readers who might also be interested in the subject matter.
- Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley P.L., Cal.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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