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Meanings of Art: Essays in Aesthetics Paperback – October 30, 2015
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Meanings of Art is an engaging collection of essays that covers a broad spectrum of topics, ranging from the philosophy of literature to neuroaesthetics.... [A]n enticing invitation to students and scholars alike to reflect deeply on some basic questions.... Even non-academics will find plenty to enjoy here.
--Mark Packer, British Journal of Aesthetics
[H]ighly provocative... advances many controversial theses.... Altogether a lively and engaging book.
--Lars Aagaard-Mogensen and Wassard Elea, Metapsychology Online Reviews
From the Back Cover
Jason Holt's Meanings of Art is one of the most important works in aesthetics to appear in some time. His point of view is fresh, his scholarship immaculate and his writing polished. I would not hesitate to use this book in a class on aesthetics.
--Peter Schotch, Munro Chair in Metaphysics , Dalhousie University
Holt provides an impressive array of arguments and analyses in his discussions of fundamental problems and in building an original expressive-aesthetic theory of art.... Readers are not likely to find a more amply articulated presentation and defense of theory and applications in recent work in analytic aesthetics.
--Steven Sanders, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Bridgewater State University
Anyone interested in the nature and significance of art, artworks, and artists will find Meanings of Art an invaluable and timely contribution to our thinking on aesthetics.
--Joseph Westfall, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Houston-Downtown
[R]ich and engaging.... Holt writes with a rare combination of analytical precision and literary flair, shedding new light on perennial issues.
--William Irwin, Herve A. LeBlanc Distinguished Service Professor, King's College
A deft combination of the theoretical and the applied, Holt's analyses and original arguments will be useful to both scholars and general audiences interested in understanding the creative process and how careful attention enriches our appreciation.
--Aeon J. Skoble, Professor of Philosophy, Bridgewater State University
[O]ffers a wealth of reflections on thorny issues in aesthetics.... from painstaking philosophical analysis of fundamental problems to a fluent engagement with popular culture.
--Bernard Wills, Associate Professor of Humanities, Memorial University at Grenfell
Holt's achievement is to carry abstract thought about matters philosophical into the arena of art appreciation. He applies his depth of knowledge to specific cases that engage the reader.
--Edward Winters, artist and philosopher, author of Aesthetics and Architecture
[An] extraordinary collection.... Holt's brilliant and groundbreaking book should set a standard in the field.
--Liane Heller, poet, author of Exposures and Code of Silence
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