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Introducing Aesthetics (review)

Introducing Aesthetics (review) BOOK NOTES Introducing Aesthetics. By David E. W. Fenner. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2003. Pp. 170. David E. W. Fenner's Introducing Aesthetics offers a comprehensive introduction to the major traditions of Western aesthetics. Fenner confines his study to Western aesthetics and does not address the aesthetic traditions of Asian philosophy. This is not, by any means, a limitation, as this restriction of scope makes Fenner's work more concise and readily accessible to those unfamiliar with aesthetics. Fenner divides his book into four parts: ``Experiences,'' ``Objects and Events,'' ``Meaning,'' and ``Judgment.'' Part 1 discusses the meaning and scope of the term ``aesthetic'' and analyzes the significance of ``aesthetic experiences'' and ``aesthetic properties.'' Here, Fenner also explains the notion of aesthetic attitude as it is understood from the traditional perspective of disinterest (which includes thinkers such as Kant, Schopenhauer, and Stolnitz) and from modern points of view (such as Bullough's psychical distance and Aldrich's impressionistic vision). Part 2 contains three chapters, which discuss the nature of aesthetic objects, the definition of ``art,'' and the concept of creation and re-creation. The chapter that explores the definition of ``art'' provides a succinct explanation of the major traditions of aesthetics and art criticism: the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy East and West University of Hawai'I Press

Introducing Aesthetics (review)

Philosophy East and West , Volume 56 (3) – Jul 20, 2006

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BOOK NOTES Introducing Aesthetics. By David E. W. Fenner. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2003. Pp. 170. David E. W. Fenner's Introducing Aesthetics offers a comprehensive introduction to the major traditions of Western aesthetics. Fenner confines his study to Western aesthetics and does not address the aesthetic traditions of Asian philosophy. This is not, by any means, a limitation, as this restriction of scope makes Fenner's work more concise and readily accessible to those unfamiliar with aesthetics. Fenner divides his book into four parts: ``Experiences,'' ``Objects and Events,'' ``Meaning,'' and ``Judgment.'' Part 1 discusses the meaning and scope of the term ``aesthetic'' and analyzes the significance of ``aesthetic experiences'' and ``aesthetic properties.'' Here, Fenner also explains the notion of aesthetic attitude as it is understood from the traditional perspective of disinterest (which includes thinkers such as Kant, Schopenhauer, and Stolnitz) and from modern points of view (such as Bullough's psychical distance and Aldrich's impressionistic vision). Part 2 contains three chapters, which discuss the nature of aesthetic objects, the definition of ``art,'' and the concept of creation and re-creation. The chapter that explores the definition of ``art'' provides a succinct explanation of the major traditions of aesthetics and art criticism: the

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Published: Jul 20, 2006

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