Higher Education

On Aesthetics, 1st Edition

  • Joseph Margolis Columbia University
  • ISBN-10: 0495008893  |  ISBN-13: 9780495008897
  • 216 Pages
  • © 2009 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $14.25



What is art? Must art be beautiful? Must art be politically or culturally significant? How does art differ from other products of human activity? Joseph Margolis has spent decades thinking through these and related questions. In this book, he introduces his reader to the field of Aesthetics by thinking through the most fundamental philosophical questions about art in a way that is engaging and accessible. This book could be used alongside a textbook of classic readings in Aesthetics, or as a stand-alone text in Aesthetics. THE WADSWORTH PHILOSOPHICAL TOPICS SERIES presents readers with concise, timely, and insightful introductions to a variety of traditional and contemporary philosophical subjects. With this series, students of philosophy will be able to discover the richness of philosophical inquiry across a wide array of concepts, including hallmark philosophical themes and themes typically underrepresented in mainstream philosophy publishing. Written by a distinguished list of scholars who have garnered particular recognition for their excellence in teaching, this series presents the vast sweep of today's philosophical exploration in highly accessible and affordable volumes. These books will prove valuable to philosophy teachers and their students as well as to other readers who share a general interest in philosophy.

Features and Benefits

  • Presenting a general overview of Aesthetics, this title will enable students to achieve quick familiarity with this philosophical subject as they prepare for in-class discussions or reading related original sources.
  • Concise and affordable, this book meets the practical demands of present day college students and instructors.

Table of Contents

Aesthetics: An Unforgiving Introduction.
Chapter 1. Venturing Beyond Kant and Aristotle.
Chapter 2. Coming to Rest with Hegel.
Chapter 3. A Leap from Hegel to Contemporary Aesthetics.
Chapter 4. Some Applications in the Direction of an Adequate Aesthetics.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Joseph Margolis

Professor Margolis’s main interests are in the philosophy of the human sciences, the theory of knowledge and interpretation, aesthetics, philosophy of mind, American philosophy, and pragmatism. Professor Margolis is the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Philosophy, Past-President of the American Society for Aesthetics, Honorary President and Lifetime Member of the International Association of Aesthetics. He has lectured widely in the United States and abroad. He serves on the editorial board of many philosophical journals and is completing the third volume in a trilogy of books on contemporary American philosophy. Professor Margolis is currently participating in the Department’s Vietnamese Philosophy Exchange.