What is art? Why do we find some things beautiful but not others? Is it wrong to share MP3s? These are just some of the questions explored by aesthetics, the philosophy of art. In this sweeping introduction, Charles Taliaferro skilfully guides us through different theories of art and beauty, tackling issues such as who owns art and what happens when art and morality collide. From Plato on poetry to Ringo Starr on the drums, this is a perfect introduction for anyone interested in the fascinating questions art can raise.
Most people at some point have encountered a painting or a photo and thought, "That’s not art". But when pressed to explain what art is exactly, we quickly clam up. This thoughtful and well-crafted introduction to the world of aesthetics aims to help listeners with that question and many more. Performed by Andrea Powell with her customary sophisticated and engaging delivery, this audiobook looks at everything from Plato to Ringo Starr in an effort to help listeners understand some of the most central questions surrounding art and the philosophy of art.
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GreatIntroduction to Aesthetics
Clear, informative, accessible
No, but it did make me more aware of what areas of aesthetics are interesting to me and give me ideas of what i would like to look into more.
As an art student, I found this a very helpful introduction on the topic of aesthetics. It covers a broad range of artistic practices, painting, literature , film etc from both western and Asian context. Best of all it isn't full of the jargon and long incomprehensible words that has kept me from reading art literature in the past.