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The Philosophy of Art


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Table of Contents

1 Meaning, Interpretation, and Picturing
1 Representations and pictures
2 Theories of picturing
3 Intentions and transparency in pictures and photographs
4 Indiscernible counterparts
5 Fine art
2 Art as Expression
1 Overview of expression theories
2 Tolstoy's account of expressive art
3 Collingwood's account of expressive art
4 The expressive persona
5 Expression as arousal
6 Revising the arousal theory
7 Expression as cognitive recognition
3 Meaning and Creativity
1 Plato on creativity
2 Kant on genius
3 Metaphorical exemplification
4 Hegel and Marx
5 Material bases of creativity
6 Feminism and creativity
4 Fakes, Originals, and Ontology
1 Multiples and singularities
2 Abstract objects
3 Problems and implications
4 Fakes and originals
5 Objections and alternatives
5 Authenticity and Cultural Origins
1 Two kinds of contextualism
2 Four kinds of appropriation
3 Moral concerns
4 Culture
5 Authenticity
6 Modernity and authenticity
6 Defining Art
1 Philosophical definition
2 Historical background
3 Functional definitions
4 Institutional definitions
5 Historical definitions
6 The cluster account
7 Aesthetics
1 Aesthetic judgments and properties
2 Supervenience
3 Two complications
4 Aesthetics and nature
5 Formalism and detachment
6 Making special
7 Pleasure and appreciation
8 Beyond the Fine Arts
1 Popular and mass art
2 Standard criticisms of popular art
3 Social consequences of popular culture
4 Gender and race
5 Everyday aesthetics
9 Artistic and aesthetic value
1 Three kinds of value
2 The uniqueness thesis
3 Value empiricism
4 Instrumental value
5 An alternative analysis
6 Appreciation
7 Cognitive value
10 Conclusion

About the Author

Theodore Gracyk is department chair and professor of philosophy at Minnesota State University.


"A valuable introduction which is unusual in both offering studentsextremely clear accounts of philosophers efforts in thefield and also highly provocative and relevant questions for themto use as ways of digesting the material." Consciousness, Literature and the Arts "Gracyk's Philosophy of Art mingles deft presentation ofphilosophical positions with insightful examples of artworks thatillustrate or challenge those positions. This clear and methodicalintroduction considers fine art as well as popular culture, and thetext is interspersed with thought-provoking exercises. An excellentread for students and professionals alike." Carolyn Korsmeyer, University at Buffalo (SUNY) "Gracyk's book introduces classical questions in philosophy ofart and fresh contemporary issues that will capture the interest ofundergraduates. Written in a clear, accessible style, it is repletewith examples drawn from the fine arts and popular culture. Gracyksucceeds in being both rigorous and engaging. Highlyrecommended." James O. Young, University of Victoria "With its fresh and even-handed approach to the most recentdevelopments, its delightful use of example, and its clean prose,this book is the perfect introduction to how to use philosophy tothink clearly, creatively, and deeply about art and theaesthetic." Dominic McIver Lopes, University of British Columbia

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