- Series: Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (October 22, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415159644
- ISBN-13: 978-0415159647
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #372,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Philosophy of Art: A Contemporary Introduction (Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy) 1st Edition
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"The book's strength is its concise and straightforward deciphering of a variety of representations in a dense manner."
-Choice, May 2000
About the Author
Noel Carroll is the Monroe C. Beardsley Professor of the Philosophy of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is currently also President of the American Society for Aesthetics and has been a documentary screenwriter and a journalist. Other books include, The Philosophy of Horror (Routledge, 1990) and A Philosophy of Mass Art (1998).
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All this aside, though, Carroll does treat his subject thoroughly enough to verge on tedium. There may not be much here that you haven't figured out yourself during careful reflection and consideration of whatever kind of art you're interested in.
There are several guides, companions and anthologies. But none of them was able to provide me with a clear and elegant tool to tackle this subject. This lack of a reference manual is specifically acute in my own country, France, as the aesthetics analytic tradition is not part of the basic Philosophy curriculum.
Most books in the field are focusing on the philosophy works of Goodman, Danto and Cavell. I do see why an academic would consider these works to be crucial to the understanding of contemporary aesthetics discussions. But my impression is that the mention of these authors only turns off students.
Mr. Carroll's books focuses on very basic problems and on one basic question: what is art about? Is it about representation? Or expression? Or form? - This choice of simplicity makes this book the only available introduction to a very exciting field.
I do not think the book requires any philosophy background - so it could also be of a great interest for a wider audience.
The only thing I miss is a more comprehensive discussion of the question of "intention", as it is the problem that surfaces during most discussions on aesthetics issues. I guess the author had to keep the book short and focused.