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Special Acknowledgements for the 4th Edition General Introduction Part 1: Painting Against Imitation Plato The Limits of Likeness Ernst Gombrich Reality Remade Nelson Goodman The "Perfect" Fake Nelson Goodman Artistic Crimes Denis Dutton Form in Modern Painting Clive Bell A Formal Analysis Edmund Burke Feldman Intentional Visual Interest Michael Baxandall Works of Art and Mere Real Things Arthur C. Danto The Origin of the Work of Art Martin Heidegger Why Are There No Great Women Artists? Linda Nochlin Painting and Ethics A. W. Eaton Art and Corruption David Alfaro Siqueiros Part II: Photography and Moving Pictures The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction Walter Benjamin Transparent Pictures Kendall L. Walton Why Photography Does Not Represent Artistically Roger Scruton The Hubble Photographs as Aesthetic Objects Flo Leibowitz Architectural Photography: The "Urban Photogenie" of Architainment Jennifer Burris How Beauty Matters Peg Brand Weiser Allegory of the Cave Plato Towards an Ontology of the Moving Image Noel Carroll Moving Pictures Arthur C. Danto Woman as Image, Man as Bearer of the Look Laura Mulvey Beauty and Evil: The Case of Leni Riefenstahl Mary Devereaux The Last King of Scotland-The Ethics of Race on Film Paul C. Taylor Part III: Architecture The Problem of Architecture Roger Scruton Home is Where the Heart Is: Taking Architecture Personally Edward Winters Ornament and Crime: Tattoos Adolf Loos Towards an Architecture Le Corbusier Architecture as Decorated Shelter Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown A Discussion of Architecture (with Christopher Norris) Jacque Derrida How to Experience Architecture Jenefer Robinson Spectacular vs. Deferential Art Museums in the 21st Century Larry Shiner Architectural Ghosts Jeanette Bicknell Digital Architecture and the New Elegance Hina Jamelle Part IV: Music On the Concept of Music Jerrold Levinson Ontology of Music Ben Caplan and Carl Matheson Making Tracks: The Ontology of Rock Music Andrew Kania Is Live Music Dead? Lee B. Brown The Expression of Emotion in Music Stephen Davies Representation in Music Roger Scruton Sound and Semblance Peter Kivy African Music John Miller Chernoff Jazz and Language Robert Kraut A Topography of Musical Improvisation Philip Alperson Fakin' It: Is There Authenticity in Commercial Music? Theodore Gracyk Can White People Sing the Blues? Joel Rudinow Social Consciousness in Dancehall Reggae Anita M. Waters Part V: Literature What is Literature? Terry Eagleton The Poetic Expression of Emotion R. G. Colingwood The Paradox of Expression Garry L. Hagberg The Intention of the Author Monroe C. Beardsley What is an Author? Michel Foucault Criticism as Retrieval Richard Wollheim Beneath Interpretation Richard Shusterman The Art of Writing Lu Chi How to Eat a Chinese Poem Richard Bodman Imagination and Make-Believe Gregory Currie Part VI: Performance Ion Plato On Tragedy Aristotle The Birth of Tragedy Friedrich Nietzsche What Is Going On in a Dance? Monroe C. Beardsley Working and Dancing Noel Carroll and Sally Banes Appreciating Dance: The View from the Audience Aili Bresnahan Literature as a Performing Art J. O. Urmson The Artwork as Performance David Davies Why (not) Philosophy of Stand-up Comedy? Sheila Lintott Ventriloquism and Art David Goldblatt Magic: The Art of the Impossible Jason Leddington Part VII: Mass Art Defining Mass Art Noel Carroll Plato and the Mass Media Alexander Nehamas Adorno's Case Against Popular Music Lee B. Brown In Defense of Popular Arts Richard Shusterman Television and Aesthetics Umberto Eco Relating Comics, Cartoons, and Animation Henry John Pratt Videogames, Interactivity and Art Grant Tavinor Is It Only a Game? The Ethics of Video Game Play Stephanie Patridge Part VIII: Nature and Everyday Aesthetics Aesthetic Appreciation of the Natural Environment Allen Carlson Everyday Aesthetics Yuriko Saito Kitsch Robert Solomon The Aesthetics of Junkyards Thomas Leddy Nonsense in Public Places: Songs of Black Vocal Rhythm and Blues or Doo-Wop David Goldblatt Street Art Sondra Bacharach Jokes Ted Cohen Racist Humor Luvell Anderson A Sensible Anti-Porn Feminism A. W. Eaton Falling in Lust: Sexiness, Feminism, and Pornography Hans Maes Part IX: Art in General Of the Standard of Taste David Hume The Sublime Edmund Burke Judgments about the Beautiful Immanuel Kant The Philosophy of Fine Art G. W. F. Hegel Aesthetic Concepts Frank Sibley Categories of Art Kendall L. Walton The Role of Theory in Aesthetics Morris Weitz Art and Natural Selection Denis Dutton Feminism in Context Peg Brand Weiser Contributors

About the Author

David Goldblatt is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Denison University, the author of Art and Ventriloquism in Routledge's Critical Voices Series, and co-editor of The Aesthetics of Architecture: Philosophical Investigations into the Art of Building, and has written numerous essays in the academic and popular press. Lee B. Brown (1932-2014) was Professor of Philosophy at The Ohio State University and the author of many articles on a wide range of philosophical subjects, including popular music, recorded music, and jazz. Stephanie Patridge is a Professor of Philosophy at Otterbein University. Her research focuses on aesthetic properties, and moral evaluation in imaginative contexts.


"This 4th Edition offers broad coverage of many fascinating contemporary topics while also including some of the key works in the history of aesthetics. This text demonstrates the vibrancy of aesthetics today without losing sight of its past."

--Christopher Bartel, Appalachian State University

"I've long considered Aesthetics: A Reader in Philosophy of the Arts to be the best collection for undergraduate philosophy of art classes because of the breadth of its readings, and because of its excellent coverage of recent debates in the arts. The fourth edition builds on these strengths, expanding its coverage of contemporary topics."

--Joshua Shaw, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

"The editors have have imaginatively selected essays both canonical and offbeat from diverse traditions. This anthology would be engaging and accessible to undergraduates of all levels and majors, as it shows the importance of Aesthetics to everyday life, as well as to philosophy and culture. It is an outstanding new contribution to the pedagogical literature in the field."

--Carol S. Gould, Florida Atlantic University

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