Historical Dictionary of Aesthetics

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Aesthetics is not a "factual" discipline; there are no aesthetic facts. The word itself is derived from the Greek word for "feeling" and the discipline arises because of the need to find a place for the passions within epistemology the branch of philosophy that investigates our beliefs. Aesthetics is more than just the study of beauty; it is a study of that which appeals to our senses, most often in connection with the classification, analysis, appreciation, and understanding of art. The Historical Dictionary of Aesthetics covers its history from Classical Greece to the present, including entries on non-western aesthetics. The book contains a chronology, a list of acronyms and abbreviations, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on the main concepts, terminology, important persons (philosophers, critics, and artists), and the rules and criteria we apply in making judgments on art. By providing concise information on aesthetics, this dictionary is not only accessible to students, but it provides details and facts to specialists in the field.


Part 1 Editor's Foreward Part 2 Reader's Note Part 3 Chronology Part 4 Introduction Part 5 THE DICTIONARY Part 6 Bibliography Part 7 About the Author


Dabney Townsend is Professor of Philosophy and Special Projects Coordinator at Armstrong Atlantic State University and secretary-treasurer of the American Society for Aesthetics. He is the author of several books and numerous journal articles on aesthetics, early modern philosophy, and the philosophy of language.


...helpful...something for the recommended reading list... Reference Reviews, Vol. 21, No. 6 (2007) The entries are consistently clear and quite broadly accessible, helpfully peppered with much cross-referencing...Recommended. CHOICE, March 2007 Kant adopted it in his Critique of Judgment but who coined the term "aesthetics?" What role does horror play in recent theories of mass art? What are the rules that make up a standard of taste? Here Townsend (philosopher, Armstrong Atlantic State U.) makes it clear that the study of aesthetics goes far beyond determining what is beautiful, giving terms, great thinkers and artists, movements, classifications, means of analysis and appreciation and synopses of significant texts. The result, despite the complexities inherent in the study of aesthetics, is accessible enough for most general readers yet provides starting-points for those going deeper into the subject. He also supplies a bibliography sorted by topic, a chronology and an introduction providing a solid framework for the entries. Townsend brings in a number of theorists, Jung, Marx, Panofsky and Derrida among them, and explains the trickier terms in plain language. Reference and Research Book News, November 2006
EAN: 9780810855397
ISBN: 0810855399
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2006
Seitenanzahl: 371 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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