Encyclopedia of Aesthetics 0th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0195113075
ISBN-10: 0195113071
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This is the first comprehensive reference source available in an area that concerns several academic disciplines?most especially philosophy but also literary theory, sociology, law, art history, and others?and cultural traditions. The subjects of the topical essays range from people (Aristotle, Kant, Derrida, Santayana) to concepts (Byzantine aesthetics, Chinese aesthetics) to activities (children's art, politics). Major entries are considered in three to five focused essays (with Kant warranting nine), each written by a different authority and each with its own cross references and bibliography. Headnotes at such major entries provide quick access to the section a researcher may seek. The index spans nearly 70 pages, with references indicating both volume and page, and internal cross references further ease the researcher's path. This is both authoritative and accessible, providing scholars and students, practicing artists, and social scientists with an illuminating guide to historical and contemporary scholarship.?Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley P.L., CA
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"This outstanding work offers depth and breadth, exploring thoroughly the core issues of aesthetics and offering informative overviews of related fields....A unique work of splendid scholarship, readable and reliable, highly recommended for the collection of any library serving a liberal arts program, undergraduate or graduate level."--Choice

" . . . a rare achievement . . . clearly the [Encyclopedia] will be the standard of reference for the foreseeable future."-- International Philosophical Quarterly

"This is the first comprehensive reference source available in an area that concerns several academic disciplines...authoritative and accessible, providing scholars and students, practicing artists, and social scientists with an illuminating guide to historical and contemporary scholarship."--Library Journal

"Will become an immediate reference classic . . . an essential purchase for academic libraries, arts and humanities collections, and larger public libraries."--RBB/Booklist

"It is a magnificent achievement and deserves a very wide readership."--Journal of Philosophy

"The quality and unique focus of the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics make is a valuable completment to other reference sources in the humanities. It is highly recommended . . ."--Art Documentation

"A unique work of splendid scholarship . . . highly recommended for any library serving a liberal arts program."--Choice

"This encyclopedia fills a notorious lacuna in Anglo-American scholarship . . . and arguably will be the primary resource of its kind well into the next century."--Harvard Review
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  • Hardcover: 2224 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (August 20, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195113071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195113075
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 7.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 17.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sean Payne on April 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Astonishment and relief when coming across the four volumes of this encyclopedia. After scrounging for scraps of (imprecise, obscure or contradictory) information in various encyclopedia, academic journals and dictionaries, I was relieved and impressed at the breadth and accessibility of the articles. Covers familiar subjects well and extends to related disciplines in psychology, physiology, as well as unexpected regions of pop culture. Detailed and authoritative, and well overdue. (Just a pity it's so expensive).
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By P. Nagy on February 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Encyclopedia of Aesthetics: 4-volume Set edited by Michael Kelly (Oxford University Press) many encyclopedias no matter how extensive or learned the articles, often give the curious reader a sense of flatness, a surface, broad sweeping plane, to which there is no depth, no questions left unanswered. The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics however has avoided this pitfall. The articles are extensive, well-written and leave this reader with a sense of engagement, even practical knowledge, so that I might listen to a piece of music with more perception, enjoy a painting in new ways, and even be so delighted as to hunt down some of the titles listed in the bibliographies at the end of the articles. This encyclopedia could and should enjoy a wide readership because it more than provides the scope of aesthetics today; it also invites readers into the participation and recognition of beauty.

Excerpt: Aesthetics is uniquely situated to serve as a meeting place for numerous academic disciplines and cultural traditions. While it is a single branch of philosophy con¬cerned with art, aesthetics is also a part of other disciplines-such as art history, literary theory, law, sociology-that reflect equally, if differently, about art in its natural and cultural contexts. At the same time, aesthetics is an eighteenth-century European devel¬opment that has not been duplicated anywhere else. Of course, all other cultures around the world have their own "art," and most also have traditions of reflecting philosophically about it. To the extent that they have developed such reflection, whatever they have chosen to call it, these cultures are engaged in a practice related to Western aesthetics. So aesthetics is, in academic terms, both singular and general, and, in cultural terms, both local and global.
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By below on February 5, 2014
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it is what i need, and the price is also good. it's a long time to wait its being shipped to china, the books is kept very well.
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