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New Waves In Aesthetics is a collection of essays by leading young scholars on central issues in analytic aesthetics. Many of the topics taken up in the collection are familiar – including aesthetic judgment, aesthetic properties, the ontology of art, theories of art, metaphor, imagination, expressions, creativity and fiction. But the treatment of these topics is new, enriched by knowledge of the history of aesthetics, recent developments in the art world, and recent debates in other areas of philosophy and the humanities in general, as well as in cognitive science. Other topics in the collection may be less familiar, either because they draw our attention to oft-ignored aspects of art and aesthetic experience, such as the personification of art, or because they advocate revision of a widely accepted view – say, of the relation between the work of Kant and Arthur Danto. Overall, the diversity and rigour of the collection reflects the current liveliness, and confirms the bright future of analytic aesthetics.  


Description

New Waves In Aesthetics is a collection of essays by leading young scholars on central issues in analytic aesthetics. Many of the topics taken up in the collection are familiar – including aesthetic judgment, aesthetic properties, the ontology of art, theories of art, metaphor, imagination, expressions, creativity and fiction. But the treatment of these topics is new, enriched by knowledge of the history of aesthetics, recent developments in the art world, and recent debates in other areas of philosophy and the humanities in general, as well as in cognitive science. Other topics in the collection may be less familiar, either because they draw our attention to oft-ignored aspects of art and aesthetic experience, such as the personification of art, or because they advocate revision of a widely accepted view – say, of the relation between the work of Kant and Arthur Danto. Overall, the diversity and rigour of the collection reflects the current liveliness, and confirms the bright future of analytic aesthetics.  


Contents

Notes on the Editors
Notes on Contributors
Introduction; K.Thomson-Jones & K.Stock
The Ontological Diversity of Visual Artworks; S.Irvin
New Waves in Musical Ontology; A.Kania
Metaphors and Musical Expressiveness; S.Trivedi
Davidson, Metaphor and Error Theory; A.McGonigal
Artifact Expression; J.Kulvicki
A Metaphysics of Creativity; D.Stokes
From Defining Art to Defining the Individual Arts: The Role of Theory in the Philosophies of Arts; A.Meskin
Imagining Fact and Fiction; S.Friend
Three Debates in Meta-Aesthetics; E.Schellekens
Aesthetic Ideals; R.De Clercq
Configuring the Cognitive Imagination; J.Weinberg
Personifying Art; B.Soucek
Danto and Kant, Together at Last?; D.Costello
Index


Authors

KATHLEEN STOCK is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Sussex, UK. Her areas of research interest include the imagination and its relation to fiction, and definitions of art. She has published several articles in each of these areas, and is writing a book about imagination and fiction.

KATHERINE THOMSON-JONES is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Oberlin College, USA. Her research interests include film, art and ethics, and emotion theory, and she has published several articles in these areas. She is currently writing an introductory text on the philosophy of film.