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Arguing about Art: Contemporary Philosophical Debates

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This acclaimed and accessible anthology is ideal for newcomers to aesthetics or philosophy. Neill and Ridley introduce a wide range of discussions including sentimentality, feminism and aesthetics, appreciation, understanding and nature. Each chapter is accompanied by a clear introduction and suggestions for further reading.
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Paperback, 496 pages
Published December 28th 2001 by Routledge (first published 1995)
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Sara DeSantis
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aesthetics
Great book! I love the set up of this because it gives some general background on an aesthetic topic then presents two articles on the topic which different views. Pretty dense so this is not a light read.
Brittany Sanford
So yes, lets argue about art...

Interesting, and as I sat in class my classmates argued about art, it gave me headaches, but I was at least happy that I didn't need to argue. I already knew the truth. Art is simple, complex, and everything.

(Food for thought with serious headaches)
*good*
Brendon
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Seeems a bit sophist at points.
Michael Mingo
May 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A few of these "arguments" felt underwhelming (I'm thinking the rock music and morality discussions), but on the whole I found this collection stimulating -- it got me to think about seemingly simple notions like authenticity and publicity in a critical light. I'd never give much thought to aesthetics before (philosophically speaking), but now I want to start immersing myself in these topics.
Valerie
Apr 15, 2008 rated it liked it
This was a refreshingly stimulating book, if you are a snob like me. I appreciated the variety of essays on food, bad art, emo music, and forgeries... even though some of the essays were taxing, it was intersting. Very interestink.
LemontreeLime
I had hoped for a good textbook on art critiquing, and a development of what makes art art. Alas, it was unreadable.
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