Description - The Philosophy of Art by Theodore Gracyk
The Philosophy of Art is a highly accessible introduction to
current key issues and debates in aesthetics and philosophy of art.
Chapters on standard topics are balanced by topics of interest to
today's students, including creativity, authenticity, cultural
appropriation, and the distinction between popular and fine art.
Other topics include emotive expression, pictorial representation,
definitional strategies, and artistic value. Presupposing no prior
knowledge of philosophy, Theodore Gracyk draws on three decades of
teaching experience to provide a balanced and engaging overview,
clear explanations, and many thought-provoking examples.
All chapters have a strong focus on current debates in the
field, yet historical figures are not neglected. Major current
theories are set beside key ideas from Plato, Aristotle, Kant,
Marx, and Hegel. Chapters conclude with advice on further readings,
and there are recommendations of films that will serve as a basis
for further reflection and discussion. Key ideas are immediately
accompanied by exercises that will test students' reactions and
understanding. Many chapters call attention to ideology,
prejudices, and common cliches that interfere with clear
Beautifully written and thoroughly comprehensive, The
Philosophy of Art is the ideal resource for anyone who wants to
explore recent developments in philosophical thinking about the
arts. It is also provides the perfect starting point for anyone who
wants to reflect on, and challenge, their own assumptions about the
nature and value of art.
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Author Biography - Theodore Gracyk
Theodore Gracyk is department chair and professor of philosophy at Minnesota State University.
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