"The Routledge Companion to Aesthetics" contains 54 chapters
written by leading international scholars covering all aspects of
aesthetics. The volume is structured in four parts: History,
Aesthetic Theory, Issues and Challenges, and Individual Arts.
It opens with an historical overview of aesthetics including
entries on Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sibley and
Derrida. The second part covers the central concepts and theories
needed for a comprehensive understanding of aesthetics including
the definitions of art, taste, value of art, beauty, imagination,
fiction, narrative, metaphor and pictorial representation. Part
three is devoted to the topics that have attracted much
contemporary interest in aesthetics including art, ethics,
environmental aesthetics and feminist aesthetics. The final part
addresses the individual arts of music, photography, film,
literature, theatre, dance, architecture and sculpture.
The second edition includes eight new entries: Creativity;
Schopenhauer, Schiller and Schelling; Nelson Goodman; Style;
Feminism; Ontology; Heidegger; Sartre and Merleau-Ponty. Many other
entries have been revised and further reading brought up to
"The Routledge Companion to Aesthetics" is essential reading for
anyone interested in aesthetics, art, literature, and visual
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