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Philosophy of Art (Paperback) (Stephen Davies)

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The Philosophy Of Art Second Edition Stephen Davies

"A judicious and wide-ranging introduction to contemporary philosophy of art by one of its foremost practitioners. Davies' book is notable for emphasizing both the biological and cultural dimensions of art-making, for regularly keeping in view non-Western as well as Western modes of art, and for an exemplary degree of clarity and reader-friendliness - all of which virtues are enhanced in this updated and streamlined second edition."

Jerold Levinson, University of Maryland

"Stephen Davies' The Philosophy of An is one of the best introductions to aesthetics and the philosophy of art. The second edition is even better. It has been updated and made more accessible to undergraduates. Davies has a more systematic grasp of the whole field of aesthetics than almost anyone. This is a stimulating book for both students and teachers."

Robert Steelier, Central Michigan University

"Davies' aesthetics primer is exemplary for the range of topics covered, the clarity of the presentations, the varied and plentiful examples, and the useful supplementary materials. The book is duly attentive to gender issues and discusses art from a variety of cultures. The emphasis on biology and evolution and the chapter on ontology ("Varieties of Art") set Davies' book apart from similar endeavors. The changes in the second edition make this already engaging tour even more stimulating and reader-friendly. Davies succeeds throughout in keeping the large issues live and the particular questions pressing. The book is accessible to beginning students but also a valuable resource for more advanced readers."

Stephanie Ross, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Now available in a fully revised and updated second edition, this accessible and incisive introduction outlines the central theories and ongoing debates in the philosophy of art. From the definition and interpretation of an, to the biological and cultural origins of artistic expression. The Philosophy of An covers a wide range of topics with pedagogical clarity. Theoretical chapters are followed by sections detailing concrete applications of the ideas they contain, and all of the chapters include thought-provoking questions as well as annotated reading lists to encourage and enable further research.

Featuring full-color illustrations, newly published research, and discussion of all the arts, the second edition of The Philosophy of An will be essential reading for anyone interested in the nature and appreciation of art.
Number of Pages: 2328
Genre: Philosophy
Sub-Genre: Art
Series Title: Foundations of the Philosophy of the Arts
Format: Paperback
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Author: Stephen Davies
Language: English
Street Date: December 14, 2015
TCIN: 50606475
UPC: 9781119091653
Item Number (DPCI): 248-08-9723
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