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The Art of Comics: A Philosophical Approach Hardcover – February 27, 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (February 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444334646
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444334647
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,973,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Regardless, though, considered as a whole, The Art of Comicsis an excellent collection and one which is likely to provoke spirited debate and serve as a spur to further research within Anglo-American philosophy (and philosophy more generally) into this sadly neglected art form. I, for one, look forward to these future developments immensely. To quote one of the greats in the history of comics—excelsior!.”  (British Journal of Aesthetics, 1 October 2013)

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


The Art of Comics: A Philosophical Approach is the first-ever anthology on the aesthetics of comics in the analytic tradition.  As such, it is predictably rigorous, but, perhaps more surprisingly, it exhibits a very deep love of comics as well as an intimate and close knowledge of the artform in all its diversity and detail. The book is a splendid addition to the growing body of work on the philosophies of the arts.

-Noel Carroll, The Graduate Philosophy Program, CUNY

This is a groundbreaking collection that sets the agenda for philosophical reflection on the nature of comics and their place among the arts.  Readers will find their thought bubbles bursting out on every page, as fresh insights are delineated and new questions are framed.


-Jesse Prinz, The Graduate Philosophy Program, CUNY

A new, rich topic is always welcome in philosophy.  Comics are just such a topic in the philosophy of art, and this excellent collection is a splendid opportunity to explore the subject.

-Ted Cohen, University of Chicago

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John V. Karavitis on July 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
A very boring, turgid, dense, inaccessible collection of essays that even academics in the same field might have trouble following. I grant you that the editors and contributing essayists have done their homework, they know their stuff, and the end notes following each essay prove it. But if you're a lay person who is curious about the philosophy of comics, take a pass, this book can only really be appreciated by other academics. So sad. An opportunity lost.
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