For the purposes of further, more advanced introductory reading, I have confined suggestions to two books that have appeared since the first edition was published the Routledge Companion to Aesthetics and the Oxford Handbook of Aesthetics, both of which are accessible, comprehensive and authoritative. There are a good many introductions to the philosophy of art, and several more since the first edition of this one.
The distinctive feature of mine is its focus on the value of art, and the exploration of normative issues in the context of specific art forms as well as the aesthetic appreciation of nature. This approach rests upon an assumption that it is better for the philosopher of art to investigate the question of art's value than to try to arrive at a definition of art, an assumption defended at length in the final chapter.
I have put this defence at the end of the book because, though it is logically prior and philosophically crucial to the cogency of my approach, a reader whose interest is primarily in matters artistic can usefully read the book up to that point, without going on to engage directly with the rather more abstract philosophical issues that defending a normative approach involves. The third edition covers several topics that the first and second did not.
Despite these additions, however, some interesting questions in aesthetics have inevitably been omitted. The point of an introduction is not to provide a definitive set of solutions to a designated set of problems, but to start the mind of the reader on an exploratory journey of its own. Related Papers. What Happened to Aesthetics? By Paul Redding. Analytic Philosophy of Music.
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