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The Philosophy of Art 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 1405120231
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"This book is an outstanding achievement in pedagogical clarity and philosophical argument, and certainly is worth reading by students who seek an introduction to philosophy of art as well as by professionals who look for a well-argued commentary on...the key issues in the field. Without hesitation I recommend it to all. Thomas Heyd, Philosophy in Review

“A judicious and wide-ranging introduction to contemporary philosophy of art by one of its foremost practitioners. Davies’s book is notable for emphasizing both the biological and cultural dimensions of artmaking, for regularly keeping in view non-Western as well as Western modes of art, and for an exemplary degree of clarity and reader-friendliness.” Jerrold Levinson, University of Maryland


“Davies has contributed to almost every debate in contemporary philosophy of art. Clearly written, with intriguing examples, this book brings readers to the cutting edge of every core topic in aesthetics.” Dominic McIver Lopes, University of British Columbia


“This book sets a new standard for introductory books in aesthetics and philosophy of art. Brief but knowledgeable descriptions of examples show how philosophical questions arise and illustrate how various views might be challenged. Technical terms function as tools, not burdens. Applications and connections sections at the end of each chapter raise readers’ interest and show how much more there is to the issues discussed. Davies’s book is a pleasure to read and manages to enliven both philosophy and the way we think about the arts in general.” Susan Feagin, Temple University

"In the first volume in the new Foundations of the Philosophy of the Arts series by Blackwell, which is designed to provide crisp introductions to the fundamental general questions about art, as well as to questions about the several arts, Davies presents an insightful introduction to central topics and on-going debates in the philosophy of art." Pavel Sedlak, Centre for Arts and New Technologies in Praque

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"This book is an outstanding achievement in pedagogical clarity and philosophical argument, and certainly is worth reading by students who seek an introduction to philosophy of art as well as by professionals who look for a well-argued commentary on...the key issues in the field. Without hesitation I recommend it to all."
–Thomas Heyd, Philosophy in Review

“A judicious and wide-ranging introduction to contemporary philosophy of art by one of its foremost practitioners. Davies’s book is notable for emphasizing both the biological and cultural dimensions of artmaking, for regularly keeping in view non-Western as well as Western modes of art, and for an exemplary degree of clarity and reader-friendliness.”
–Jerrold Levinson, University of Maryland

“Davies has contributed to almost every debate in contemporary philosophy of art. Clearly written, with intriguing examples, this book brings readers to the cutting edge of every core topic in aesthetics.”
–Dominic McIver Lopes, University of British Columbia

“This book sets a new standard for introductory books in aesthetics and philosophy of art. Brief but knowledgeable descriptions of examples show how philosophical questions arise and illustrate how various views might be challenged. Technical terms function as tools, not burdens. Applications and connections sections at the end of each chapter raise readers’ interest and show how much more there is to the issues discussed. Davies’s book is a pleasure to read and manages to enliven both philosophy and the way we think about the arts in general.”
–Susan Feagin, Temple University

"In the first volume in the new Foundations of the Philosophy of the Arts series by Blackwell, which is designed to provide crisp introductions to the fundamental general questions about art, as well as to questions about the several arts, Davies presents an insightful introduction to central topics and on-going debates in the philosophy of art."
Pavel Sedlak, Centre for Arts and New Technologies in Praque

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (February 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405120231
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405120234
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #689,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The latest in the Foundations of the Philosophy of the Arts series, The Philosophy of Art is a text ideal for college classrooms or self-study, designed to offer an overview of the philosophy of art in an accessible style that reflects both classic and modern works. Chapters cover the definition of art, its varieties and interpretation, pictorial representation in visual arts, the value of art in monetary and other terms, and much more. An index allows quick and easy lookup to this detailed study of the basics of art appreciation and philosophical ruminations about the nature, purpose, and effects of art.
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This book sets out on a noble venture through the history of art criticism and, overall, comes to some surprisingly cogent conclusions. Unfortunately, these moments of clarity require that the reader wade through Davies' inaccessible and often overly verbose prose. The book is in clear need of a deep edit by someone who is a little less impressed with Davies than the last editor.

Overall, would not recommend. Check out "But is it Art?" by Cynthia Freeland instead for a more accessible survey of art-historical-philosophy.
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By Brittney on September 21, 2015
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Needed the book for a course I'm talking.
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I have wanted to this book for quite awhile. I am excited to work with it and read more. Thanks
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This book is all over the place. The pages are so dense with text. Some sentences go on for 8-12 lines, and the idea (if there was one) is destroyed by the time you've finished. Paragraphs are so unorganized. There are very different ideas right next to each other, throwing the reader into a mess of confusion. I've read better papers by freshman undergraduate students (no joke).

Unfortunately, my prof is basing the entire course off of this book, and it is going pretty terrible thus far. The "discussion" to be had based on this book's content is flat and dry, if existent at all. I would most definitely reconsider your class section if the professor is requesting you use this text!

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