Philosophies of Arts
An Essay in Differences
By (author) Peter Kivy
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Philosophies of Arts by Peter Kivy
Book DescriptionSince the beginning of the eighteenth century the philosophy of art has been engaged on the project of trying to find out what the fine arts have in common and, thus, how they might be defined. Peter Kivy's purpose in this accessible and lucid book is to trace the history of that enterprise and argue that the definitional project has been unsuccessful. He offers a fruitful change of strategy: instead of engaging in an obsessive quest for sameness, let us explore the differences between the arts. He presents five case studies, three from literature, two from music. With its combination of historical and analytic approaches this is a book for a wide range of readers in philosophy, literary studies, music, and non-academic readers with interests in the arts.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521598293
(228mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 13-Jun-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Peter Kivy
De Gustibus, Hardback (October 2015)
Peter Kivy deals with a question that has never been fully addressed by philosophers of art: why do we argue about art? If I think Bach is greater than Beethoven and you think the opposite, why should it matter to either of us? He claims that we argue over taste because we think, mistakenly or not, that we are arguing over matters of fact.
Sounding Off, Hardback (June 2012)
This volume presents a selection of lively essays on philosophy of music by Peter Kivy, the leading expert on the subject. He explores the nature of musical genius; the subject of authenticity in performance and interpretation; musical representation and meaning; and the notion of music as the pure, formal structure of expressive sound.
Once-told Tales, Hardback (April 2011)» View all books by Peter Kivy
Drawing comparisons with other art forms, this book examines the role of aesthetic features in silent reading, such as narrative structure, and the core experience of reading a novel as a story rather than a scholarly exercise.
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