Sentation of theory In sum if YOU WANT ANTHOLOGY THAT COMES want an anthology that comes to covering all the essential writers on the subject and that comes to covering all the essential writers on the subject and and doing it fairly well Art and Its Significance is perhaps your best choice despite its nod to trendiness But if you want to concentrate on pre 20th century theory and know you ve covering almost all the important writings of those figures then Hofstadter s Philosophies of Art and Beauty is the better book And it s perhaps the most reasonably priced philosophy of art anthology available Read a bulk of this for a class While the primary sources are great and are well collected to present different philosophers views on beauty I found the editors introductions to each section to be at times misleading Still a great resource nonetheless. Llection makes clear the ways in which the philosophy of art relates to and is part of general philosophical positions it will be an essential sourcebook to students of philosophy art history and iterary criticism. While solid are certainly dated it
S Been Almost A Half A Century been almost a half a Century Book since the book compiled Ross anthology by contrast includes the really important material from Plato Aristotle Kant Hegel Nietzsche and Heidegger which most other aesthetics anthologies excepting Hofstadter s do not plus it has selections from Hume and Tolstoy and many contemporary figures of import But the early historical selections are much Orality in Igbo (African) Literature less comprehensive than those in Hofstadter s volume and Ross includes no medieval or Renaissance writers at all Iike the Hofstadter text mostly because of the depth of its selections and because it s not the east bit trendy But since Hofstadter s book has no contemporary theory at all after Heidegger it may not be the text for those who want a broad repre. He introductory essays for each selection which make this volume an invaluable aid to the study of the powerful recurrent ideas concerning art beauty critical method and the nature of representation Because this co.
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Excellent selection of workEspecially a fan of the John Dewey selections it s all very good Philosophies of Art of the John Dewey selections But it s all very good Philosophies Art Beauty is the text I most often use for my classes simply because what it does it does better than any other available anthology aside from some missing Kant sections and no Renaissance writers or Hume selections it has virtually every essntial text and passage written by the most enduringly influential philosophers of art up to 1930 except perhaps Tolstoy It includes Plato Aristotle Plotinus Augustine Ficino Shaftesbury Kant Schelling Hegel Schopenhauer Nietzsche Croce Dewey and Heidegger It has no Gadamer contrary to the claims of another reviewer But the book includes no contemporary theory at all except that of Heidegger And the chapter introductions. This anthology is remarkable not only for the selections themselves among which the Schelling and the Heidegger essays were translated especially for this volume but also for the editors' general introduction and ,