Placing Aesthetics: Reflections On Philosophic Tradition / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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Examining select high points in the speculative tradition from Plato and Aristotle through the Middle Ages and German tradition to Dewey and Heidegger, Placing Aesthetics seeks to locate the aesthetic concern within the larger framework of each thinker's philosophy.
In Professor Robert Wood's study, aesthetics is not peripheral but rather central to the speculative tradition and to human existence as such. In Dewey's terms, aesthetics is “experience in its integrity.” Its personal ground is in “the heart,” which is the dispositional ground formed by genetic, cultural , and personal historical factors by which we are spontaneously moved and, in turn, are inclined to move, both practically and theoretically, in certain directions.
Prepared for use by the student as well as the philosopher, Placing Aesthetics aims to recover the fullness of humanness within a sense of the fullness of encompassing Being. It attempts to overcome the splitting of thought, even in philosophy, into exclusive specializations and the fracturing of life itself into theoretical, practical, and emotive dimensions.
About the Author
Robert E. Wood, chair and professor of philosophy at the University of Dallas, is editor of American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly and author of Martin Buber's Ontology and A Path into Metaphysics.
Table of Contents
|I.||Introduction: Fine Art and the Field of Experience||1|
|The Threefold Structure of the Field of Experience||2|
|The Manifold Forms of Art||14|
|A Preliminary Descriptive System of the Fine Arts||18|
|Phenomenological, Hermeneutic, and Dialogic Approaches||30|
|Art in the Purged City||36|
|The Center of Order||44|
|The Treatment of Art in the Republic||52|
|The Ladder of Ascent to Beauty Itself||57|
|A Brief Excursus: Plato and Wright on Architecture||69|
|Meanings of the Term Art||71|
|Nature Illumined by Art: Plato and Aristotle||75|
|Art as Imitation||77|
|Division of the Performing Arts||82|
|The Definition of Tragedy||84|
|IV.||Plotinus and the Latin Middle Ages||95|
|Aquinas among the Latin Medievals||102|
|Critique of Pure Reason||118|
|Critique of Practical Reason||123|
|Critique of Judgment||126|
|Art and Genius||140|
|Nature's Ultimate and Final Purpose||143|
|Epilogue: Hume's Notion of Aesthetic Community||152|
|Hegel, Enlightenment, and Christianity||159|
|The Starting Point of the Hegelian System||163|
|The Development of the System||166|
|The Nature of Art||172|
|The Basic Stages and Forms of Art||176|
|A Synthesis of Kant, Plato, and the Indian Tradition||187|
|The World as Will and Representation||189|
|Aesthetic Experience and the Work of Art||194|
|The Forms of Art||196|
|Overcoming the Platonic Splits||232|
|Overcoming the Cartesian Splits||234|
|Further Modifications of Traditional Notions||241|
|"The Origin of the Work of Art"||272|
|What Is a Thing?||274|
|Philosophy, Science, Art, and the Lifeworld||280|
|The Sensory Field||305|
|The Cultural World||310|
|Appendix||On Sculptural Production||329|
|Index of Names||407|
What People are Saying About This
This comprehensive and insightful book is written in a distinctive style.... an excellent example of how one can think philosophically by absorbing the categories and insights of major thinkers and giving them a turn or a reformulation that permits their truth to come to life in a contemporary vocabulary....It is a rich and impressive harvest and has much to offer the reader. The book follows its own precepts: in it, classical texts are displayed in a manner that speaks to the heart as well as the mind.
Robert Sokolowski, The Catholic University of America, Philosphy and Phenomenological Research
This is obviously the work of a mature scholar, one who is equally at home in both the classical and modern worlds....At one level this extraordinary analysis of the history of aesthetics is a tour de force...One puts this book down with the conviction that one has encountered a world-class intellect.
Jude P. Dougherty, The Catholic University of America Editor, The Review of Metaphysics
This book is an exploration, well written, intelligently organized, thoughtfully executed, of the importance of art, both in and for the philosophical tradition.... There will be something important for artists as well as philosophers in this impressive book.
William Desmond, Katholiek Universiteit Leuven
Placing Aesthetics is a history of philosophy and a history of aesthetics rolled into one, presented with an admirable degree of liveliness, insight, and accuracy...We are constantly surprised...by the freshness and sharpness of the history of philosophy when examined from this perspective.
Hugh Bredin, Queen's University of Belfast, American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly
Wood is ever faithful at staying remindful of the many real differences among the figures he studies and his own phenomenological inventory of the fundamental structures of experiencing a whole shows his ability to split with fine and accurate distinctions. Yet his heart, I think, has an affinity for unifying the history of philosophy so far as one legitimately can, and thus he can argue for placing aesthetics at the center of the unity he sees.
Joseph Koterski, Fordham University Editor, International Philosophical Quarterly
Replete with insight and sage observation, written with passion yet intellectual command, Placing Aesthetics ably succeeds in doing what
the author set out to do: locate a topos for aesthetics.