AESTHETICS

Last Updated 04/05/05

BACK TO LPSG CONTENTS

  1. The Paper
  2. General Reading
  3. Specific Topics

1. The Paper

Aesthetics is the branch of philosophy that examines all aspects of aesthetic appreciation and evaluation. Questions range from relatively narrow concerns about the various art-forms such as ‘Can purely instrumental music express emotion?' or ‘Is pictorial representation best understood in terms of a system of semantic conventions?' to wider questions about the metaphysics and epistemology of aesthetic and artistic value such as ‘What is it for something to be aesthetic?' or ‘Are aesthetic judgements objective, subjective or both?'. Philosophical aesthetics is a discipline best studied in conjunction with other areas of philosophy such as ethics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology and metaphysics.

BACK TO TOP


2. General Reading

Introductions

BACK TO TOP

Classics of Philosophical Aesthetics

Pre-twentieth Century

BACK TO TOP

Twentieth Century

BACK TO TOP

Collections

BACK TO TOP


3. SpecificTopics

Kant

BACK TO TOP

Plato and Aristotle

BACK TO TOP

Definition of Art

BACK TO TOP

Ontology of Art

BACK TO TOP

Value of Art

BACK TO TOP

Aesthetic Experience and Judgement

BACK TO TOP

Aesthetic Appreciation of Nature

BACK TO TOP

Aesthetic Pleasure

BACK TO TOP

Representation

Budd, M. 1993. ‘How Pictures Look'. In Dudley Knowles and John Skorupski, eds., Virtue & Taste: Essays on Politics, Ethics and Aesthetics: in Memory of Flint Schier. Oxford: Blackwell.

BACK TO TOP

Expression

BACK TO TOP

Intention and Interpretation

BACK TO TOP

Aesthetics and Ethics

BACK TO TOP

Poetry, Mimesis and Tragedy

BACK TO TOP

Fiction

BACK TO TOP

Music

BACK TO TOP

Film

BACK TO TOP

Architecture

BACK TO TOP