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The Nature of Art



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The Nature of Art by A.L. Cothey

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From Plato to Goodman, many philosophers have addressed problems in aesthetics and the philosophy of art. Nevertheless the central issues here have remained ill-defined. In this book, Cothey overcomes this to give a concise and systematic account of the leading philosophical ideas about art and aesthetics from ancient times to the present day. The author shows that the best-known philosophical theories of art only explain how our artistic interests relate to our other practical concerns by either denying the existence of beauty or by doubting the capacity of human beings to create things that are truly beautiful. The book proposes a new theory of aesthetic satisfaction and of artistic abilities which avoids these consequences, and which also explains why aesthetic experiences cannot be fully captured in words. This theory shows how aesthetics is connected with other areas of philosophy specifically with semantic problems about metaphor, with theories of cognition, and with the part of ethics to do with pleasure and the nature of enjoyment. The Nature of Art will force readers to re-examine their views on art, and it is a significant contribution to the new debate on aes
Release date NZ
December 13th, 1990
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
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