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ISBN-13: 978-0195059755 ISBN-10: 0195059751 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (April 9, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195059751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195059755
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1.2 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"There is much in this book which is valuable to a student of art....Alperson has done a remarkable job gathering together material from diverse sources. The book's strength is that it contains many essays which, having gone out of print or being inaccessible, are now generally unavailable to either student or academic....[Alperson's] efforts have produced a valuable reference source."--Scott Koterbay, University of St. Andrews

"Some interesting articles in this reader."--H. Phillips Hamlin, University of Tennessee

"A fine selection of essays."--Robert M. Johnson, Castieton State College

"I appreciate the breadth and variety in the readings....A fine balance of the traditional and the contemporary. The chapter introductions are 'reader-friendly.'!"--Walter J. Stohrer, Marquette University

"A good mix of classics and contemporary pieces....First-rate."--Winston A. Wilkinson, Michigan State University

"Magnificent reference, spanning historical and contemporary reflections on the nature and contextual relationships of art and how we define art."--William Prioil, Ramapo College of New Jersey

"A unique, comprehensive anthology on the visual arts....Interesting essays on topics often neglected in texts."--J. Whitman Hoff, Lockhaven University of Pennsylvania

"Excellent source for the finest ideas, historic and current, on the nature of art."--Alan Maetaggart, Landers College

"One of the best books on the topic that I have seen. Very complete and suitable for both graduate and undergraduate courses in art or art education."--H.S. Nyuhinnie, University of Maryland

"Excellent choice of articles."--Tom Franks, Eastern Michigan University

About the Author

Philip A. Alperson is at University of Louisville.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By philly aladdin on October 24, 2000
The debate concerning the Philosophy of Art in the 20th century is made simpler and comprehensive by Professor Alperson's remarkable contribution. This anthology explores various texts by some of the biggest key players in the debate. The interdisciplinary nature of the topic allows for the inclusion of crucial texts from various experts in the field (of both philosophy and art) such as: Arthur Danto, Joseph Margolis, Timothy Binkley, Arnold Berleant, George Dickie, Erwin Panofsky, and Rudolph Arnheim-not to mention selections by Freud, Kandinsky, and Wilde. This is an excellect pedagogical device for both the student as well as the advanced scholar. Prefessor Alperson's higly readable and accurate introductory summaries preceding each section make this anthology stand out over others which simply compile essays together without unifying them into an orderly whole. Since this book was published in 1992, one can hope that professor Alperson would consider releasing a revised up to date edition; but I imagine his days at Temple University keep him pretty busy.
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