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Philosophical Perspectives on Art

Stephen Davies


This book presents a series of chapters devoted to two of the most fundamental topics in the philosophy of art: the distinctive character of artworks and what is involved in understanding them as art. In Part I, a wide range of questions about the nature and definition of art are considered. Can art be defined, and if so, which definitions are the most plausible? Do we make and consume art because there are evolutionary advantages to doing so? Has art completed the mission that guided its earlier historical development, and if so, what is to become of it now? Should architecture be classified ... More

Keywords: artworks, definition of art, interpretation, appreciation, interpretative evaluations, aesthetics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199202423
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199202423.001.0001


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Stephen Davies, author
University of Auckland
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