Higher Education

Aesthetics in Perspective, 1st Edition

  • Kathleen M. Higgins University of Texas, Austin
  • ISBN-10: 0534642101  |  ISBN-13: 9780534642105
  • 832 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 1996
  • © 1996 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $141.75



Reissued for 2003! This comprehensive anthology offers a vast collection of classic and contemporary readings in aesthetics from both western and non-western sources. It is organized topically into four parts: Art and the Nature of Beauty, Interpreting and Evaluating Art, Challenges to the Tradition and Beyond the West.

Table of Contents

1. What is Beauty and Where Has It Gone?
Plato: The Form of Beauty. Plato: Beauty''s Influence. Aristotle: The Form of a Tragedy. David Hume: Of the Standard of Taste. Immanuel Kant: The Four Moments. Friedrich Nietzsche: On Beauty and Ugliness. Freidrich Nietzsche: Apollo and Dionysus.
2. What Is Art?
Arthur C. Danto: The Artworld. Morris Weitz: The Role of Theory in Aesthetics. George Dickie: Art as a Social Institution. Timothy Binkley: Piece: Contra Aesthetics. Walter Benjamin: The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction. Robert Plant Armstrong: The Affecting Presence.
3. Art, Truth and Reality.
Plato: Art and Appearance. Oscar Wilde: The Decay of Lying. Joseph Lyons: Paleolithic Aesthetics: The Psychology of Cave Art. Denis Dutton: Artistic Crimes: The Problem of Forgery in the Arts. Yuriko Saito: The Japanese Appreciation of Nature. John Cage: Experimental Music.
4. Art as a Vehicle for Aesthetic Experience.
Rika Burnham: It''s Amazing and It''s Profound. Walter Pater: A Quickened Sense of Life. Edward Bullough: Psychical Distance. Jose Ortega y Gasset: The Dehumanization of Art. George Dickie: The Myth of the Aesthetic Attitude.
5. Art and Ethics.
Alexander Nehamas: Plato and the Mass Media. Allan Bloom: Music. Karsten Harries: The Ethical Significance of Modern Art. Carlos Fuentes: Words Apart. William H. Gass: Goodness Knows Nothing of Beauty. Liza Mundy: The New Critics. Donald Kuspit: Art and the Moral Imperative: Analyzing Activist Art. Philip Gourevitch: Behold Now Behemoth.
6. Art and Our Institutions.
Paul Mattick, Jr.: Arts and the State. Carole S. Vance: Misunderstanding Obscenity. Tom Wolfe: The Worship of Art: Notes on the New God. James O. Young: Destroying Works of Art. Douglas Stalker and Clark Glymour: The Malignant Object: Thoughts on Public Sculpture. Arthur C. Danto: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
7. Creation and Inspiration.
Plato: Inspiration as Magnetism. Aristotle: Constructing a Tragedy. Immanuel Kant: The Nature of Genius. Arthur Schopenhauer: On Genius. Rainer Maria Rilke: Letters to a Young Poet. Anne Truitt: Daybook: The Journal of an Artist. Christopher Middleton: On the Mental Image. Eugen Herrigel: Zen in the Art of Archery.
8. Should We Focus on Form?
DeWitt H. Parker: Aesthetic Form. Roger Fry: The Limits of Formal Analysis. Eduard Hanslick: On the Musically Beautiful. David Michael Levin: Balanchine''s Formalism. Leo Steinberg: Other Criteria. Umberto Eco: Repetition and the Series. Mark Crispin Miller: Advertising--End of Story.
9. Art as Expressing or Arousing Emotion.
Leo Tolstoy: What Is Art? Clive Bell: Emotion in Response to Significant Form. Susanne K. Langer:The Symbol of Feeling. Robin G. Collingwood: Expressing an Emotion. John Hospers: The Concept of Artistic Expression. David Novitz: Fiction, Imagination and Emotion. Stephen Davies: Why Listen to Sad Music if It Makes One Feel Sad? Milan Kundera: The Nature of Kitsch. Matei Calinescu: Kitsch and Hedonism.
10. Intention and Interpretation.
William K. Wimsatt, Jr. and Monroe C. Beardsley: The Intentional Fallacy. P. D. Juhl: Computer Poems. Jerrold Levinson: Messages in Art. Perter Kivy: The ''Historically Authentic'' Performance. Yriko Saito: The Colorization Controversy.
11. Art as the Sign of Its Time and Place.
G. W. F. Hegel: The Ages of Art. Wassily Kandinsky: Concerning the Spiritual in Art. Arthur C. Danto: Approaching the End of Art. D. M. Gruver: Hawaiian Hula. John Berger: Oil Painting. Peter Wicke: Love Me Do'': The Aesthetics of Sensuousness.
12. Beyond the Traditional Models.
Richard Shusterman: The Fine Art of Rap. Thomas Heyd: Understanding Performance Art. Roland Barthes: The Structuralist Activity. Jenene J. Allison: Deconstruction and the Energizer Bunny Rabbit. Kwane Anthony Appiah: Is the Post- in Postmodernism the Post- in Postcolonial? Tomas Ybarra-Frausto: The Chicano Movement/The Movement of Chicano Art.
13. Racism and Sexism in the Arts.
Leo Marx: Huck at 100. Robert Gooding-Williams: Look, a Negro!. Linda Nochlin: Why Are There No Great Women Artists? Brenda Dixon Gottschild: Black Dance and Dancers and the White Public--A Prolegomenon to Problems of Definition. Joel Rudinow: Can White People Sing the Blues? Noel Carroll: The Image of Women in Film. Mara MilleR: Desiring Women: The Aesthetics of Japanese Erotic Art. Maria Lugones: Playfulness, ''World''-Traveling, and Loving Perception.
14. Popular Culture and Everyday Life.
Stanley Cavell: Cartoons. Susan Sontag: On Photography. Robert C. Solomon: Are the Three Stooges Funny? Soitanly! John Dewey: Aesthetic Qualities. Sei Shonagon: The Pillow Book. Garrett Sokoloff: By Pausing before a Kicho. Barbara Sandrisser: On Elegance in Japan. Janet McCracken: The Domestic Aesthetic. Anna Deavere Smith: Introduction to Fires in the Mirror.
15. Aesthetics around the World.
Isidore Okpewho: Principles of Traditional African Art. Christopher Small: African Music. Kuang-Ming Wu: Chinese Aesthetics. Patrick McKee: Old Age in the Chinese Mountain Landscape. Donald Keene: Japanese Aesthetics. B. N. Goswany: Rasa: Delight of the Reason. Zuheir Al-Faquith: Islamic Art�Submission to Divine Will. Steven Feld: Aesthetics as Iconicity of Style. Inga Clendinnen: Aztec Aesthetics. Oriana Baddeley and Valerie Fraser: The Surrealist Continent. Gary Witherspoon: Navajo Aesthetics: Beautifying the World through Art.
Appendix 1: List of Readings by Medium.
Appendix 2: List of Cases Discussed.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Kathleen M. Higgins

Kathleen M. Higgins is professor at the University of Texas at Austin. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University and has taught at the University of Auckland and the University of California, Riverside, in addition to the University of Texas. She is the author of several books, including Nietzsche's "Zarathustra," The Music of Our Lives, Comic Relief: Nietzsche's "Gay Science," The Music between Us: Is Music the Universal Language? and co-author of What Nietzsche Really Said, A Short History of Philosophy, and A Passion for Wisdom (with Robert C. Solomon). She has edited or co-edited numerous books, including Aesthetics in Perspective and Thirteen Questions in Ethics and Social Philosophy, Second Edition (with Lee Bowie and Meredith Michaels).