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Why do people read novels, go to the theater, or listen to beautiful music? Do we seek out aesthetic experiences simply because we enjoy them--or is there another, deeper, reason we spend our leisure time viewing or experiencing works of art? Aesthetics, the first short introduction to the contemporary philosophy of aesthetics, examines not just the nature of the aesthetic Why do people read novels, go to the theater, or listen to beautiful music? Do we seek out aesthetic experiences simply because we enjoy them--or is there another, deeper, reason we spend our leisure time viewing or experiencing works of art? Aesthetics, the first short introduction to the contemporary philosophy of aesthetics, examines not just the nature of the aesthetic experience, but the definition of art, and its moral and intrinsic value in our lives. Anne Sheppard divides her work into two parts: In the first, she summarizes the major theories defining art and beauty; in the second, she explores the nature of aesthetic evaluation and appreciation. As Sheppard explains, there are three main approaches to defining art, all focused on what art objects share. One proposes that all art imitates something in life, another that it expresses something (such as anger or ecstasy), still another suggests that all art has formal qualities. There is also a fourth which offers that all art shares the quality of beauty. In the second part, which concentrates on literary art, Sheppard explores such philosophic topics as critical judgment, meaning and truth in literature, and the relationship between art and morals. She raises such questions as whether there is one correct interpretation of a work of art and whether art has a moral effect on its audience and, citing specific examples, explores the views that have been put forth. A wide-ranging, intriguing book, which assumes no formal knowledge on the part of its readers, Aesthetics opens the door to a greater understanding and appreciation of art.


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Why do people read novels, go to the theater, or listen to beautiful music? Do we seek out aesthetic experiences simply because we enjoy them--or is there another, deeper, reason we spend our leisure time viewing or experiencing works of art? Aesthetics, the first short introduction to the contemporary philosophy of aesthetics, examines not just the nature of the aesthetic Why do people read novels, go to the theater, or listen to beautiful music? Do we seek out aesthetic experiences simply because we enjoy them--or is there another, deeper, reason we spend our leisure time viewing or experiencing works of art? Aesthetics, the first short introduction to the contemporary philosophy of aesthetics, examines not just the nature of the aesthetic experience, but the definition of art, and its moral and intrinsic value in our lives. Anne Sheppard divides her work into two parts: In the first, she summarizes the major theories defining art and beauty; in the second, she explores the nature of aesthetic evaluation and appreciation. As Sheppard explains, there are three main approaches to defining art, all focused on what art objects share. One proposes that all art imitates something in life, another that it expresses something (such as anger or ecstasy), still another suggests that all art has formal qualities. There is also a fourth which offers that all art shares the quality of beauty. In the second part, which concentrates on literary art, Sheppard explores such philosophic topics as critical judgment, meaning and truth in literature, and the relationship between art and morals. She raises such questions as whether there is one correct interpretation of a work of art and whether art has a moral effect on its audience and, citing specific examples, explores the views that have been put forth. A wide-ranging, intriguing book, which assumes no formal knowledge on the part of its readers, Aesthetics opens the door to a greater understanding and appreciation of art.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Aesthetics: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Art, Anne Sheppard Why do people read novels, go to the theater, or listen to beautiful music? Do we seek out aesthetic experiences simply because we enjoy them--or is there another, deeper, reason we spend our leisure time viewing or experiencing works of art? Aesthetics, the first short introduction to the contemporary philosophy of aesthetics, examines not just the nature of the aesthetic experience, but the definition of art, and its moral and Aesthetics: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Art, Anne Sheppard Why do people read novels, go to the theater, or listen to beautiful music? Do we seek out aesthetic experiences simply because we enjoy them--or is there another, deeper, reason we spend our leisure time viewing or experiencing works of art? Aesthetics, the first short introduction to the contemporary philosophy of aesthetics, examines not just the nature of the aesthetic experience, but the definition of art, and its moral and intrinsic value in our lives. Anne Sheppard divides her work into two parts: In the first, she summarizes the major theories defining art and beauty; in the second, she explores the nature of aesthetic evaluation and appreciation. As Sheppard explains, there are three main approaches to defining art, all focused on what art objects share. One proposes that all art imitates something in life, another that it expresses something (such as anger or ecstasy), still another suggests that all art has formal qualities. There is also a fourth which offers that all art shares the quality of beauty. In the second part, which concentrates on literary art, Sheppard explores such philosophic topics as critical judgment, meaning and truth in literature, and the relationship between art and morals. She raises such questions as whether there is one correct interpretation of a work of art and whether art has a moral effect on its audience and, citing specific examples, explores the views that have been put forth. A wide-ranging, intriguing book, which assumes no formal knowledge on the part of its readers, Aesthetics opens the door to a greater understanding and appreciation of art. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: سال 1998 میلادی عنوان: مبانی فلسفه هنر؛ نویسنده: آن شپرد؛ مترجم: علی رامین؛ ت‍ه‍ران‌: ش‍رک‍ت‌ ان‍ت‍ش‍ارات‌ ع‍ل‍م‍ی‌ و ف‍ره‍ن‍گ‍ی‌‏‫، 1375؛ در پانزده و 291 ص؛ مصور؛ کتابنامه از ص 265 تا ص 273؛ شابک: 9644451155؛ چاپ چهارم‬ 1384؛ چاپ پنجم 1385؛ شابک: 9789644451157؛ چاپ ششم 1386؛ هفتم 1388؛ هشتم 1390؛ نهم 1391؛ دهم 1395؛ موضوع: زیبایی شناسی از نویسندگان بریتانیایی - سده 20 م نقل بخشی از سخن مترجم: (در کتاب مبانی فلسفه هنر، نویسنده دانشور آن، خانم «آن شپرد»: که سال‌ها کار تدریس فلسفه هنر را در دانشگاه‌های ممتاز انگلستان بر عهده داشته است؛ عالمانه خواننده را از درگیر شدن در بحثهای مربوط به تعریف هنر و سیر تاریخ زیبا‌شناسی معاف می‌دارد و یکسره به بحث اصلی فلسفه هنر می‌پردازد. در فصل آغازین کتاب با طرح سئوال «چرا به هنر روی می‌کنیم؟» هدف کلی از نگارش کتاب را توضیح می‌دهد. فصل بندی کتاب، تسلسلی منطقی و آموزنده را دنبال می‌کند، به نحوی که خوانشگر را به سهولت از موضوعات ساده‌ تر به موضوعات پیچیده‌ تر راهبر می‌شود. گفتار اصلی با موضوع نسخه برداری یا بازنمایی اعیان و مناظر طبیعی جهان آغاز می‌شود، و سپس با طرح موضوعات فرانمایی و فرم در فصل‌های سوم و چهارم رشته بحث پی گرفته می‌شود. در فصل پنجم موضوع بسیار مهم درک زیبا‌شناسانه مطرح می‌شود و نویسنده رهیافت هر یک از نظریه‌ های سه گانه بازنمایی، فرانمایی، و فرمالیسم را به واکنش زیبا‌شناسانه ی ما در برابر آثار هنری مورد بحث قرار می‌دهد. فصلهای ششم و هفتم به داوری‌های نقادانه می‌پردازد و با طرح پرسشهایی همچون: «هنگامی که یک اثر هنری را نقد می‌کنیم چه نوع داوری انجام می‌دهیم؟» یا «آیا تفسیر‌ها و ارزیابی‌های نقادانه قابل توجیه و برهان پذیرند؟»؛ توجه خوانشگر را به رابطه ی تفسیر و ارزیابی و امکان تفسیر‌های چندگانه از آثار هنری معطوف می‌دارند. فصل هشتم به موضوع معنا و صدق در ادبیات روی می‌کند و در فصل نهم، یعنی فصل پایان کتاب، رابطه هنر و اخلاق مورد بحث قرار می‌گیرد.) پایان نقل از جناب «علی رامین» مترجم کتاب.؛ ا. شربیانی

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sadie

    So glad I chose to read this book. I should tell you that this book made the last couple of months in my life so much easier, by bringing up subjects that were so ideal and "fine" to think about, I almost forgot about my every day problems. So, do you ever think about why a person would spend years of work making a sculpture that has no use or application in the everyday chores of our lives? Or why is it that some people can't help but to write poems, journals, leave some extraordinary output fr So glad I chose to read this book. I should tell you that this book made the last couple of months in my life so much easier, by bringing up subjects that were so ideal and "fine" to think about, I almost forgot about my every day problems. So, do you ever think about why a person would spend years of work making a sculpture that has no use or application in the everyday chores of our lives? Or why is it that some people can't help but to write poems, journals, leave some extraordinary output from their minds? This book quenched my thirst towards knowing what happens inside of us when we make art, when we see art, and when we criticize art. As I could assume from the beginning, there is no definite answer to any question. All we can do is approach the issue from different viewpoints and come to a better understanding of the world of arts. That's the magic of arts, you can't measure and categorize every little detail that is happened in an art piece. You just can't explain magic. It's just a feeling. And that's what amazes me. Us humans have this enormous super power within us, that could destroy and burn everything to the ground, or build and bring beauty to our surroundings. Yet, a lot of us have not discovered or identified this power within ourselves. If you are only interested in knowing yourself and the world you live in better, I highly recommend this.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ceena

    همانطور که در مقدمه آمده کتاب بیشتر حول ادبیات می چرخد. البته شیوه ارائه مطالب کتاب می توانست جذاب تر باشد بطوری که خواننده را با بحث های فلسفی بیشتر درگیر کند، کاری که نایجل واربرتون در الفبای فلسفه کرده است.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ruben

    Sheppard takes a very common-sense approach to aesthetics in this book. You can either find that refreshing or somewhat limiting and unimaginative.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sohrab

    به عنوان کسی که کارشناسی ارشد رشته مرتبط میخونه، و ده ها کتاب تخصصی تر از این رو تموم کرده، واقعا صرفا به عنوان حس وظیفه برای تموم کردن کتابی که 2 سال پیش شروع کرده بودم، دوباره دستش گرفتم. ولی باید بگم این کتاب عالی بود. درواقع هر آنچه به واسطه رشتم خونده بودم رو در ذهنم مرتب کرد و نظم داد، خیلی پراکندگی ها رو برطرف کرد و نگاه جامعی از چگونگی برخورد با متن، زیبایی شناسی و نقد بهم بخشید. باید گفت البته که، نویسنده تلاش داره نظر شخصی خودش رو به خواننده غالب بکنه، در نتیجه خواننده مبتدی (کسی که زمی به عنوان کسی که کارشناسی ارشد رشته مرتبط میخونه، و ده ها کتاب تخصصی تر از این رو تموم کرده، واقعا صرفا به عنوان حس وظیفه برای تموم کردن کتابی که 2 سال پیش شروع کرده بودم، دوباره دستش گرفتم. ولی باید بگم این کتاب عالی بود. درواقع هر آنچه به واسطه رشتم خونده بودم رو در ذهنم مرتب کرد و نظم داد، خیلی پراکندگی ها رو برطرف کرد و نگاه جامعی از چگونگی برخورد با متن، زیبایی شناسی و نقد بهم بخشید. باید گفت البته که، نویسنده تلاش داره نظر شخصی خودش رو به خواننده غالب بکنه، در نتیجه خواننده مبتدی (کسی که زمینه من رو در مباحث نداره) ممکنه راحت تحت تاثیر قرار بگیره. این ویژگی خوبی در یک کتاب علمی نیست. ترجمه هم که، طبق معمول همه ترجمه های علوم انسانی در ایران، فقط کمی از «افتضاح» بهتر بود ... اگر میتونید بطورعینی بخونید و تحت تاثیرقرار نگیرید، و بخصوص اگر برای بعد از این کتاب قصد مطالعات پیشرفته تر دارین، میتونم بگم این کتاب یک شروع عالیه ...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mehrdad

    این کتاب همانطور که از اسمش مشخصه، مباحث پایه ای فلسفه هنر رو به طور خلاصه مطرح میکنه. سر فصل های کتاب فکر میکنم بهتر از هر توضیحی نشون میدن که محتوای کتاب دقیقاً چیه: چرا به هنر روی می‌کنیم؟ نسخه برداری(imitation) فرانمایی(expression) فرم هنر، زیبایی و درک زیباشناسانه نقد. تاویل و ارزیابی معنا و صدق هنر و اخلاق این کتاب اولین کتابی بود که توی این حیطه میخوندم و برای همین نمیتونم مقایسه کنم با کتابهای دیگه و بگم چقدر کامل یا ناقص بود. از بدی هاش یکی ترجمه کردن اصطلاحاتی مث expression بود که به نظرم بهتر این کتاب همانطور که از اسمش مشخصه، مباحث پایه ای فلسفه هنر رو به طور خلاصه مطرح میکنه. سر فصل های کتاب فکر میکنم بهتر از هر توضیحی نشون میدن که محتوای کتاب دقیقاً چیه: چرا به هنر روی می‌کنیم؟ نسخه برداری(imitation) فرانمایی(expression) فرم هنر، زیبایی و درک زیباشناسانه نقد. تاویل و ارزیابی معنا و صدق هنر و اخلاق این کتاب اولین کتابی بود که توی این حیطه میخوندم و برای همین نمیتونم مقایسه کنم با کتابهای دیگه و بگم چقدر کامل یا ناقص بود. از بدی هاش یکی ترجمه کردن اصطلاحاتی مث expression بود که به نظرم بهتر بود فارسی نمیشدن چون خب ما با رمان طرف نیستیم و یه کتاب تخصصی محسوب میشه این کتاب! یه نقطه ضعف دیگه این بود که ارجاعات به آثار مختلف خیلی جاها بدون توضیحات اضافی بود و فرض نویسنده این بود که همه اون کتاب هاو آثار رو مخاطب خونده و دیده و بلده! این اتفاق گاهی سخت میکرد که درک کنم منظور نویسنده دقیقاً چیه هرچند حدودی منظورو میرسوند. در کل از خوندنش راضی بودم!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ehsan

    شپرد شارح خوبی است، اما مفسّر نه و این، به‌خصوص در بحثش درباره‌ی نیت هنرمند و مباحث بعدی که رویکردهای تفسیری پیدا می‌کنه دیده می‌شه.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gareth

    A very solid introduction to the philosophy of art. Runs through all the main theories - art as imitation, expression, form, beauty, etc. - and also covers the questions of interpretation, meaning and morality. It is well written and clear, without actually sacrificing the detail of the various theories discussed. That said, there are probably more engaging introductions to the subject, and parts of it are a little dry. However, recommended as an introduction for those studying the subject. Garet A very solid introduction to the philosophy of art. Runs through all the main theories - art as imitation, expression, form, beauty, etc. - and also covers the questions of interpretation, meaning and morality. It is well written and clear, without actually sacrificing the detail of the various theories discussed. That said, there are probably more engaging introductions to the subject, and parts of it are a little dry. However, recommended as an introduction for those studying the subject. Gareth Southwell is a philosopher, writer and illustrator.

  9. 5 out of 5

    maryam

    This book gives you a good idea about the meaning of beauty

  10. 4 out of 5

    Paloma Martinez

    Great intro book to aesthetics, but the second half does focus heavily on literature, so if visual arts is more your field of interest, maybe look elsewhere. Not a bad book though.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Arash Pandi

  12. 4 out of 5

    Hoda

  13. 4 out of 5

    ali

  14. 4 out of 5

    Haniyeh

  15. 4 out of 5

    hessam

  16. 5 out of 5

    Amir reza(mohammad)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Siamak Radfar

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kouro Choupani

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shima

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

  21. 5 out of 5

    Negar Zojaji

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mahshid

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mazgament

  24. 4 out of 5

    Irinak Kish

  25. 4 out of 5

    Negar Farazmand

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mahsa

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sina Sahne

  28. 5 out of 5

    Re

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bita Babolian

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rachael

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