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A companion to aesthetics / ed. David E. Cooper; advisory editors Joseph Margolis, Crispin Sartwell

Secondary Author Cooper, David Edward
Margolis, Joseph
Sartwell, Crispin
Country Reino Unido. Publication Oxford : Blackwell, cop. 1992 Description XIII, 466 p. ; 26 cm Series Blackwell companions to phylosophy) ISBN 0-631-17801-5 CDU 18.01
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Questions about the nature of beauty and the relation between morality and art were among the earliest discussed by ancient philosophers. And today, a host of new issues has been prompted by recent developments in the arts and in philosophy, testifying to a great revival of interest in aesthetics and literary criticism. The nature of representation, the relation between art and truth, and the criteria for interpretation are among the most debated problems in contemporary philosophy.

This reference series, centred on analytic philosophy but also covering important aspects of the continental tradition and of non-Western philosophies, is made up of a number of volumes each dealing with a particular subject area. Taken together the series offers a comprehensive survey of philosophy as a whole. The entries in each volume combine summarized information on names, terms and moverments and each essay is also supported by a selective bibliography.

Alphabetically arranged, the 130 articles in this volume provide comprehensive coverage of the main topics and writers in this area of aesthetics. The Companion will serve students of philosophy, literary criticism and cultural studies - as well as the general reader - both as a work of reference and, with its many substantial essays, as a guide to the best thinking about the arts in the late twentieth century.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction
  • List of Contributors
  • A Companion to Aesthetics
  • Index

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Library Journal Review

Intended to provide scholars and students with a single-volume reference to the history and terminology of aesthetic concepts and theory, this dictionary-style work includes signed articles, varying in length from a column to three or four pages, with individual bibliographies. References to ideas, as well as to publications, go through 1990. For instance, the effect of revolution in eastern Europe on the history of Marxist art theory is discussed. The cross references included are necessary as well as useful, for some terms are really subtopics while other are too broad to be treated adequately in a single essay. In addition, the copy editing is occasionally erratic, resulting in errors like missing dates. This book will serve its intended scholarly audience, but it has too little to offer more general readers who might also be interested in the subject matter.-- Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley P.L., Cal. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Nearly always fascinating and informative, this collection of three- to seven-page articles treats topics (abstraction, beauty, humor, truth in art), persons (Adorno, Hegel, Wollheim) and style and theories (Chinese and Japanese aesthetics, deconstruction, modernism and postmodernism) important to aesthetics. The arts discussed here range from verbal-literary through plastic, pictorial, and performing. One might quibble with the selection of topics: Philodemus, Scaliger, Boeckh, new historicism, and reception are omitted, and Longinus, Boileau, Propp, Scheler, and Bakhtin barely mentioned. The use of dates to subarrange authors in the bibliographies is often superfluous or confusing. Many subjects discussed in the articles are omitted from the index. More serious is an article that relies almost wholly in its bibliography on a single authority without mentioning the close association between the article's author and this authority. Despite these and other flaws, this book will be interesting and useful in academic and larger public libraries and to individual readers interested in aesthetics. J. M. Perreault; University of Alabama in Huntsville

Author notes provided by Syndetics

David E. Cooper is Professor of Philosophy at Durham University.

Joseph Margolis is Professor of Philosophy at Temple University.

Crispin Sartwell is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alabama.

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