The Future of Aesthetics

The Future of Aesthetics

by F.E. Sparshott

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Widely admired as one of Canada's leading philosophers, Francis Sparshott is a major figure in postwar philosophical aesthetics. In this book he presents an annotated version of the text of the four 1996 Ryle Lectures that he gave at Trent University.

Addressing the nature and prospects of aesthetics as a discipline, Sparshott discusses beauty, taste, and the place of imagination, fiction, and fine art in societies. He investigates the place of such a discipline in the broad social structures provided by universities and civilizations, and tackles many perennially interesting questions about education and the life of the mind.

Written with wit and charm, the lectures journey through a vast terrain of references, yet wear their learning lightly. Sparshott's engaging style and humane vision will, as always, attract a wide and diverse readership.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802044266
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 10/28/1998
Series: Toronto Studies in Philosophy Series
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.37(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Francis E. Sparshott (1926-2015) was University Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto. He is the author of numerous books of poetry and philosophy including A Measured Pace: Toward a Philosophical Understanding of the Arts of Dance.

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