"Arguing about Art", an expanded and revised edition, presents an extensive range of topics. Neill and Ridley stimulate the reader by offering short, clear introductions to each of the readings. The book should appeal to students of art history, literature, and cultural studies as well as philosophy. It introduces a wide range of discussions including sentimentality, feminism and aesthetics, appreciation, understanding and nature and includes new sections on interpretation, objectivity, gardening, horror and morality, and many of the introductions have been updated. "Arguing About Art" is aa anthology suitable to those coming to aesthetics or philosophy for the first time.
Table of Contents
Preface Introduction Chapter 1. The Art of Food? Elizabeth Telfer, 'Food as Art', Carolyn Korsmeyer, 'The Meaning of Taste and the Taste of Meaning' Chapter 2. The 'Authentic' Performance of Music Stephen Davies, 'Authenticity in Musical Performance' James O. Young, 'The Concept of Authentic Performance' Chapter 3. Fakes and Forgeries Alfred Lessing, 'What is Wrong with a Forgery?' Denis Dutton, 'Artistic Crimes' Chapter 4. Rock Music and Culture Theodore Gracyk, 'Music's Worldly Uses, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and to Love Led Zeppelin' Rodger Scruton, 'The Decline of Musical Culture' Chapter 5. Appreciation, Understanding and Nature Allen Carlson, 'Appreciation and the Natural Environment' Noel Carroll, 'On Being Moved by Nature: Between Religion and Natural History' Chapter 6. Photography and Representation Roger Scruton, 'Photography and Representation' William J. King, 'Scruton and Reasons for Looking at Photographs' Nigel Warburton, 'Individual Style in Photographic Art' Chapter 7. Feelings and Fictions Colin Radford, 'How can we be Moved by the Fate of Anna Karenina?' Alex Neill, 'Fictions and the Emotions' Chapter 8. Enjoying Horror Noel Carroll, 'Why Horror?' Berys Gaut, 'The Paradox of Horror.' Chapter 9. Sentimentality Anthony Savile, 'Sentimentality.' Ira Newman, 'The Alleged Unwholesomeness of Sentimentality.' Chapter 10. Art and Morality Kendall L. Walton, 'Morals in Fiction and Fictional Morality.' Michael Tanner, 'Morals in Ficiton and Fictional Morality - a Response.' Chapter 11. Feminism and Aesthetics Mary Devereaux, 'Oppressive Texts, Resisting Readers and the Gendered Spectator: The New Aesthetics.' Curtis Brown, 'Art, Oppression, and the Autonomy of Aesthetics.' Chapter 12. Public Art. Hilde Hein 'What is Public Art?: Place, Time and Meaning.' Gregg Horowitz, 'Public Art/Public Space: The Spectacle of the Tilted Arc Controversy.' Michael Kelly, 'Public Art Controversy: The Serra and Lin Cases.'
Alex Neill and Aaron Ridley are both lecturers at Southampton University.