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The Aesthetic Understanding: Essays in the Philosophy of Art and Culture (Carthage Reprint) [Paperback]

By Roger Scruton (Author)
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Brings together essays on the philosophy of art in which a philosophical theory of aesthetic judgment is tested and developed through its application to particular examples. Each essay approaches, from its own field of study, what Roger Scruton argues to be the central problems of aesthetics -- what is aesthetic experience, and what is its importance for human conduct?

The book is divided into four parts. The first contains a resume of modern analytical aesthetics, which also serves as an introduction to subsequent chapters. It also includes an essay that reviews current theories of literary criticism. The second part is devoted to musical aesthetics and contains the theoretical core of the work. Here Scruton describes the contours of aesthetic understanding, and defends the view that the object of aesthetic experience is inherently significant, even when it has no "content" that can be described in propositional terms. He rebuts the view that music is representational, and in the third part goes on to propose a theory of representation whereby to refute the suggestion that photography is a representational art. This third section also contains a study of film. The final part comprises essays relating aesthetic judgment to the understanding of culture, humor, and design. It covers many subjects, including the prose works of Samuel Beckett and the architecture of Leninism. The essays in this book form parts of a single intellectual enterprise, which is to give analytical foundations to the criticism of literature, visual art, music, and culture.

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Studio: St. Augustine's Press
Pages   555
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   1.1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 30, 1998
Publisher   St. Augustine's Press
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  1890318027  
ISBN13  9781890318024  

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More About Roger Scruton

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Roger Scruton is the author of a number of books, including Modern Philosophy and A Short History of Philosophy. Formerly Professor of Aesthetics at Birkbeck College, London University, and a visiting professor at Boston University, he lives in Wiltshire, England.

Roger Scruton currently resides in Wiltshire. Roger Scruton has an academic affiliation as follows - Birkbeck College, University of London (Emeritus) American Enterprise.

Roger Scruton has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Gifford Lectures
  2. Very Short Introductions

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Provocative essays for the serious aesthetics student or thinker.  Sep 21, 2008
Scruton's presentation of true conservatism elsewhere is a marvelous apologetic for the worldview; this collection of essays treats various issues within art and its relation to society in the light of that worldview. To get the most out of this, one should read Sruton's thoughts on conservatism, but this book will still challenge you if you've not done so. It's recommended for those who consider themselves true consumers and producers of art for society - and don't let Scruton's conservatism scare you away from reading this. He will challenge you, and he might even get you to agree with him.
A return to the Classics in Art  Mar 31, 2000
Roger Scruton is on of the truely inspired philosophers of our time. His breadth of learning is indeed staggering, and his ability to comment on a wide range of "human artifacts", (music, philosophy, politics) with humility and insight is as breathtaking as it is illuminating. This work on Aethetics spans the full range of what we (should?) consider humanity's attmpt to objectify its inner life in outward forms that give those less talanted, ideas and contexts to accomodate their highest aspirations. His work is among the best that rebuts the modern view that all such things are irredemiably "subjective" - a characterizaation that robs great works of art of their universal appeal and applicability, as well as their ability to lift us, however momentarily, above what Hegel called this life ("the highway of dispair") so that we can glimpse the finer aspects of our nature. Roger Scruton is to be congratulated for giving us hope that the Aesthetic spirit in humanity can triumph over the the mundane.

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